Emotion regulation and empathy – More alike than meets the eyes
Emotion regulation and empathy both
play key roles in social functioning and emotional wellbeing and it has been proposed that these processes are intrinsically related.
Yet, they have mostly been investigated separately.
For the first time, we examined the
common and distinct neural underpinnings of emotion
regulation and empathy by quantitatively combining
the respective neuroimaging literature.
Resting-state effective connectivity is systematically linked to reappraisal
success of high- and low-intensity negative emotions
Contextual factors such as emotional
intensity have been shown to impact the ability to implement regulation strategies.
In this study, we tested whether the neural network architecture underlying reappraisal in the absence of task
stimuli, i.e. directional baseline connectivity, is directly
related to the ability to regulate high- and low intensity