Self-report measures, facial response, and personality differences (BEES) in cooperative vs. non cooperative situations: contribution of the autonomic system to the sense of empathy

Michela Balconi, Adriana Bortolotti

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Abstract

The present study integrated three different measures of empathic behavior in a social context: verbal self-report measures (empathic response, emotional involvement, emotional significance, and valence), autonomic response (skin conductance - SCR -, and heart rate - HR), and personal response to empathic scale (BEES). Participants were presented with different interpersonal scene types (cooperation, non-cooperation, conflict, indifference). Different empathic sensitivity to these interpersonal situations was verified, since self-rating on empathy, emotional involvement and valence varied as a function of interpersonal context. Secondly, self-report measures of empathy and autonomic measures were found to be related: SCR and HR increased in response to conflictual and non-cooperative situations, whereas they did not vary in response to non-cooperative and neutral situations. Third, high and low BEES subjects showed different empathic behaviour: high empathic subjects were more responsive (on both self-report and autonomic response) to empathy-related situations than low empathic subjects. The convergence and divergence of the multidimensional measures was discussed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteProceedings of the "Second Meeting of the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology"
Pagine178
Numero di pagine1
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2010
EventoSecond Meeting of the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology - Amsterdam
Durata: 22 set 201024 set 2010

Convegno

ConvegnoSecond Meeting of the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology
CittàAmsterdam
Periodo22/9/1024/9/10

Keywords

  • empathy

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