Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Too early for a neuropsychology of empathy

Hank Davis a1
a1 Psychology Department, University of Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada


To date, a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarship has done little to clarify either the why or the how of empathy. Preston & de Waal (P&deW) attempt to remedy this, although it remains unclear whether empathy consists of two discrete processes, or whether a perceptual and motor component are joined in some sort of behavioral inevitability. Although it is appealing to offer a neuroanatomy of empathy, the present level of neuropsychology may not support such reductionism.