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Culture shapes empathic responses to physical and social pain.

Atkins, David and Uskul, Ayse K and Cooper, Nicholas R (2016) 'Culture shapes empathic responses to physical and social pain.' Emotion, 16 (5). pp. 587-601. ISSN 1528-3542

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The present research investigates the extent to which cultural background moderates empathy in response to observing someone undergoing physical or social pain. In 3 studies, we demonstrate that East Asian and White British participants differ in both affective and cognitive components of their empathic reactions in response to someone else’s pain. Compared with East Asian participants, British participants report greater empathic concern and show lower empathic accuracy. More important, findings cannot be explained by an in-group advantage effect. Potential reasons for observed cultural differences are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: empathy, culture, empathic accuracy, negative affect, empathic concern
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 12:09
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:09

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