The right portion of the supramarginal gyrus appears to play a central role in controlling our empathy towards other people.
When this structure isn’t working properly or when we have to make very quick judgments, our empathy becomes severely limited.
Research has shown that disrupting the neurons in the right supramarginal gyrus causes humans to project our emotions on other, inhibiting our ability to be empathetic.
In addition, this disruption also causes people to be more egocentric, mainly because they aren’t able to perceive the emotions of those around them.
Both the left and right supramarginal gyri of healthy, right-handed individuals are shown to be active when making phonological word choices.
Individuals who had lesions to the left hemisphere had more difficulty than those with lesions to the right hemisphere, reinforcing the dominance of the left hemisphere in language.
Groovy GIF Credit: Database Center for Life Science
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