Should affective arousal be grounded in perception-action coupling?

R. J.R. Blair

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Decety (2011) considers the cognitive neuroscience of empathy and, in particular, his three-component model of empathic responding. His position is highly influential with its emotional awareness/understanding and emotional regulation components representing clear extensions of previous theorizing on empathy. In this brief commentary, I will critically consider the third of his components: affective arousal. In particular, I will consider the implications of the literature to the proposed computations, based on perception-action coupling, that underlie this component of his model. I will suggest that perception-action coupling does not underlie affective arousal but rather that this is mediated by far more simple mechanisms of emotional arousal based on conditioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-110
Number of pages2
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • empathy
  • perception-action coupling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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