EMOTION REGULATION & EMPATHY
Empathy and emotion regulation are both processes that are vital for effective social functioning and emotional well-being. Broadly speaking, empathy refers to understanding and/or sharing another’s emotion, and emotion regulation refers to the processes by which one manages emotions. While empathy and emotion regulation largely have been considered separately, there is growing evidence that these processes may be intrinsically related.
There is a strong overlap in the neural implementation of the component processes of empathy and emotion regulation. In this project we investigate whether the processes and neural architecture associated with reappraisal overlap with those involved in the cognitive component of empathy.