His research focuses on on the neural mechanisms underpinning social cognition, particularly empathy, sympathy, perspective taking, emotion regulation and mirror neuron systems. This work contributes to the rapidly growing academic field of Social Neuroscience. Social cognition is the name for both a branch of psychology that studies the cognitive processes involved in social interaction, and an umbrella term for the processes themselves. ... For the fictional character, see Empath (comics). ... ... Locations of mirror neurons A mirror neuron is a neuron which fires both when an animal performs an action and when the animal observes the same action performed by another (especially conspecific) animal. ... Social neuroscience is a field of research that spans social psychology, neuroscience, and physiology. ...
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