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Integration of Error Agency and Representation of Others' Pain in the Anterior Insula.
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PMID:  23163419     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A crucial feature of socially adaptive behavior is to recognize when our actions harm other individuals. Previous research demonstrates that dorsal mediofrontal cortex (dMFC) and anterior insula (AI) are involved in both action monitoring and empathy for pain. Here, we tested whether these regions could integrate monitoring of error agency with the representation of others' pain. While undergoing event-related fMRI, participants played a visual task in turns with a friend placed outside the scanner, who would receive painful stimulation in half of the error trials. Brain activity was enhanced in dMFC and AI for painful compared with nonpainful errors. Left AI and dorsolateral pFC also exhibited a significant interaction with agency and increased responses when painful errors were caused by one self. We conclude that AI is crucial for integrating inferences about others' feeling states with information about action agency and outcome, thus generating an affective signal that may guide subsequent adjustment.
Leonie Koban; Corrado Corradi-Dell'acqua; Patrik Vuilleumier
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cognitive neuroscience     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1530-8898     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cogn Neurosci     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8910747     Medline TA:  J Cogn Neurosci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Geneva, Switzerland.
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