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Listen: Deciphering Emotions and Empathy With a Neuropsychologist

Reema Jayakar thinks humans might be one of the very few species that can empathise with remarkable fidelity.

The Soupçon of Scicomm is a short-podcast series produced by IndSciComm.

Reema Jayakar was trained at the Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology/neuropsychology, and Vancouver Coastal Health in Vancouver, British Columbia. Currently, she works as a clinician at Providence Health Care, Vancouver. Jayakar is passionate about providing psychotherapy services to ethnic minority women, assessing mood and cognition in the elderly, and providing behavioural management consultation. Her research involves using MRI-based human neuroimaging techniques to develop a better understanding of brain-behaviour relationships. She thinks humans might be one of the very few species that can empathise with remarkable fidelity, and explains how understanding the universality of emotions was a turning point for her as a neuropsychologist.

This podcast has been reproduced with written permission.

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