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**Abstract** Similar neural circuits are activated during action and the observation of action and such motor resonance is said to support action understanding and empathy. Previous research, however, shows that group biases can restrict motor resonance to the social ingroup. Here we test whether an empathic mindset can alleviate such group biases in brain-implemented motor resonance. Participants adopted either an objective mindset or an empathic mindset while writing about a day in the life of a racial outgroup member. Participants in in an objective mindset resonated with ingroup members but not with outgroup members, indicated by significant suppression of the 8-13 Hz EEG mu-rhythm recorded over sensorimotor areas during action observation compared to baseline. In contrast, participants in an empathic mindset resonated with both ingroup and outgroup members and significantly more so with outgroup members. Moreover, mindset uniquely affected resonance in response to outgroup members but not in response to ingroup members, with participants who previously took the perspective of an outgroup member later responded with more resonance to the actions other outgroup members. Together these findings suggest that taking the perspective of a racial outgroup member can reduce group biases in sensorimotor resonance, potentially fostering an intuitive understanding across groups.
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