Emotional contagion is the process leading to the emotional state matching between two interacting subjects: the individual experiencing a particular emotional state and the observer. Emotional contagion is considered a basic building block of empathy and makes individuals able to share emotions. Empathy, in its most complex definition, is a phenomenon that implies the ability to perceive and interpret what another person is feeling and understand their needs. A in-depth description of meaning, mechanisms and functions of emotional contagion is provided in this contribution.

Emotional Contagion

Ivan Norscia
2018

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Emotional contagion is the process leading to the emotional state matching between two interacting subjects: the individual experiencing a particular emotional state and the observer. Emotional contagion is considered a basic building block of empathy and makes individuals able to share emotions. Empathy, in its most complex definition, is a phenomenon that implies the ability to perceive and interpret what another person is feeling and understand their needs. A in-depth description of meaning, mechanisms and functions of emotional contagion is provided in this contribution.
Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior
Springer
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9783319478296
https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007%2F978-3-319-47829-6
Emotional contagion, mimicry, empathy, play, imitation, consolation, yawn contagion, mirror neurons, perspective taking
Elisabetta, Palagi; Ivan, Norscia
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