Research Paper on Empathy

1136 Words Apr 29th, 2013 5 Pages
Psy 150 FONO6
03/24/2012
Professor Ritchie

Research Paper on Empathy

By: Imari Watkins

Thesis: The purpose of this essay is to define empathy and discuss its use

I. Introduction
II. Definition
a. Origin
b. Who made it up?
III. What causes people to feel that way?
IV. Scientific View Point
V. Mental Disorders/Emotion
VI. Example Statements
VII. Conclusion

The purpose of this essay is to define empathy and discuss its use on how it is used on a daily basis and what makes people feel empathy for others. Empathy is being able to feel and understand what another person is going through or what they have experienced. Typically, it would be a happiness, sadness or anger that would
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Empathy involves being able to understand the emotional state how people feel, empathy would be described as a bodily feeling. Bodily feelings include body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. Being able to relate to one of the following and immediately responding to it is what empathy is. Automatically knowing what the other person is thinking and in turn making you feel the way the other person feels.
Scientifically, some scientist believe that empathy is linked to observing another person's emotional state activates parts of the neuronal network involved in processing that same state in oneself. Certain objects are known to automatically activate neural representations, and activation automatically to prime or generate the associated autonomic and somatic responses, unless inhibited. This very example that scientist have worked on trying to prove, is compared to
common coding theory between perception and action. Meaning empathy is determined by whatever activity is going on around the person and how the brain perceives it. This theory also means that some people may have beliefs that are different from one's own, and is thought to involve the cognitive component of empathy. Empathy has been linked to be genetically inherited in our DNA its labeled as traditional science and used as alternative healing practioners.
Empathy has been linked to being associated with…

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