Altruism is associated with an increased neural response to agency.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although the neural mechanisms underlying altruism remain unknown, empathy and its component abilities, such as the perception of the actions and intentions of others, have been proposed as key contributors. Tasks requiring the perception of agency activate the posterior superior temporal cortex (pSTC), particularly in the right hemisphere. Here, we demonstrate that differential activation of the human pSTC during action perception versus action performance predicts self-reported altruism.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tankersley, D; Stowe, CJ; Huettel, SA

Published Date

  • February 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 150 - 151

PubMed ID

  • 17237779

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-1726

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1097-6256

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nn1833


  • eng