Register to ask Dr. Bo a question, or comment on any question/answer.
Register!

one moment please...


Bo takes a critical thinking-, reason-, and science-based approach to issues that matter with the goal of educating and entertaining. You create the show by submitting your questions here. Bo has a PhD in social psychology, but covers a broad range of topics including: Science Education (scientific method, what is / is not science, etc.), Success, Entrepreneurship, Motivation, General Psychology, Social Psychology, Positive Psychology (well-being, flourishing, happiness, etc.), Cognitive Psychology (belief, cognitive biases, memory, our flawed brain, etc.), General Social Science, Critical Thinking, Logical Fallacies, Humanism / Secularism, and even some Philosophy. All (reasonable) questions will be answered here, and some will be the material for the Dr. Bo Show.

The first two years of shows have been compiled into the book, Reason: Book I. This book is available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook through Amazon and all major ebook retailers.

Q&A Home Contact Form



Send me a copy of this message
Send Message sending message...

Q&A Home Question

0

votes

image loading...
ViolentKor

Eager Newbie

image loading...

ViolentKor


Eager Newbie

About ViolentKor

Sorry, this user has not created a bio yet.
empathy
pain
Tue, May 05, 2015 - 04:39 PM

How does the brain create "pain" in association with empathy?



Quick Comment On This Question (no login required):
Your comment below will be anonymously sent to the question owner, it will not be posted, and you will not get a response.

Send Comment sending comment...

1 Answer

0

votes

image loading...
Bo Bennett, PhD
Host, Doctor of Social Psychology

Moderator

image loading...

Bo Bennett, PhD

Host, Doctor of Social Psychology

Moderator

About Bo Bennett, PhD

I am the host of this show :) For my complete bio, please see http://www.bobennett.com.
PrintTue, May 05, 2015 - 05:50 PM
To answer your question, I want to start with a more basic form of the question. How does the brain produce empathy? Not too long ago, it was discovered that there are mirror neurons in the brain that allow us to feel what others feel (i.e., empathy). Since we are a social species, this evolved trait came in very handy in raising families, forming tribes, and working together. Pain is just another form of empathy. Like all other feelings, it is reduced to an electrochemical signal that is interpreted by the brain resulting in what we call "pain."

Here is an in-depth segment on mirror-neurons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmx1qPyo8Ks
Bo Bennett, PhD
My Latest Book: https://www.uncomfortable-ideas.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedrboshow/
About Me: http://www.bobennett.com


Quick Comment On This Answer (no login required):
Your comment below will be anonymously sent to the answer owner, it will not be posted, and you will not get a response.

Send Comment sending comment...

Registered User Comments




 Copyright 2017, Archieboy Holdings, LLC.