Empathy as a Concept from Bench to Bedside: A Translational Challenge


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UYSAL HARZADIN N., Camsari U. M., ATEŞ M., KANDİŞ S., Karakilic A., Camsari G. B.

NOROPSIKIYATRI ARSIVI-ARCHIVES OF NEUROPSYCHIATRY, vol.57, no.1, pp.71-77, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.29399/npa.23457
  • Journal Name: NOROPSIKIYATRI ARSIVI-ARCHIVES OF NEUROPSYCHIATRY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, Psycinfo, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-77
  • Keywords: Empathy, oxytocin, stress, sex difference, microbiota, PLASMA OXYTOCIN LEVELS, HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM, INTRANASAL OXYTOCIN, COGNITIVE EMPATHY, STRESS INCREASES, RECEPTOR GENE, EMOTIONAL CONTAGION, SOCIAL COGNITION, LABORATORY RATS, PARENTAL CARE
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Empathy is a multidimensional paradigm, and there currently is a lack of scientific consensus in its definition. In this paper, we review the possibility of compromising data during behavioral neuroscience experiments, including but not limited to those who study empathy. The experimental protocols can affect, and be affected by, empathy and related processes at multiple levels. We discuss several points to help researchers develop a successful translational pathway for behavioral research on empathy. Despite varying in their focus with no widely accepted model, current rodent models on empathy have provided sound translational explanations for many neuropsychiatric proof-of-concepts to date. Research has shown that empathy can be influenced by many parameters, some of which are to be reviewed in this paper. We emphasize the future importance of consistency in modeling proof of concept; efforts to create a multidisciplinary group which would include both bench scientists and clinicians with expertise in neuropsychiatry, and the consideration of empathy as an independent variable in animal behavioral experimental designs which is not the mainstream practice at present.