'Racial in-group bias in empathy: What, why, and wow'

UG07 Learning Centre
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Wednesday 15th April 2015 (13:00-14:00)
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Part of the School Seminar Series

Speaker: Prof Shihui Han, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Peking

Host: Pia Rothshtein

Humans empathize for others' pain but do not empathize everyone equally. I'll talk about our recent brain imaging research of racial in-group bias in empathic neural responses to others' suffering. These studies demonstrate the key role of social intergroup relationship in emotional understanding and sharing, reveal the neural, cognitive, and genetic mechanisms underlying racial in-group bias in empathy, and illustrate how laboratory manipulations and life experiences can reduce the racial in-group bias in empathic neural responses. The implications of these studies will be discussed.