Professor Keysers is an internationally recognized scholar in social neuroscience with a training in the study of mirror neurons. He is the expert on the role of empathy in modern societies, and uses a combination of non-invasive neuroimaging in humans and invasive neurophysiology in animals. He studies the essence of how our own actions, sensations and emotions come to play to let us share and predict the actions, sensations and emotions of others. His research helps us understand the fabric of our social nature – empathy – and why some of are more likely to take the concerns of others into account than others.
The Empathic Brain
Keysers’ book The Empathetic Brain (2011) received universal praise. He won the gold medal for best science book, at the independent publisher’s book awards. While talking about the theme “Empathy is a Choice”, Keysers spoke on mirror neurons to Tegenlicht in 2018: 'Mirror neurons put you in someone else's shoes. This is a very powerful mechanism. It explains why images about children in war zones are very affecting. Without thinking about it, you also feel miserable.’