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If I cry, do you care? Individual differences in empathy moderate the facilitation of caregiving words after exposure to crying faces

Lockwood, P, Millings, A, Hepper, E and Rowe, AC (2013) If I cry, do you care? Individual differences in empathy moderate the facilitation of caregiving words after exposure to crying faces Journal of Individual Differences, 34 (1). pp. 41-47.

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Abstract

Crying is a powerful solicitation of caregiving, yet little is known about the cognitive processes underpinning caring responses to crying others. This study examined (1) whether crying (compared to sad and happy) faces differentially elicited semantic activation of caregiving, and (2) whether individual differences in cognitive and emotional empathy moderated this activation. Ninety participants completed a lexical decision task in which caregiving, neutral, and non-words were presented after subliminal exposure (24ms.) to crying, sad, and happy faces. Individuals low in cognitive empathy had slower reaction times to caregiving (vs. neutral) words after exposure to crying faces, but not after sad or happy faces. Results are discussed in relation to the role of empathy in response to crying others.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Lockwood, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Millings, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hepper, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rowe, ACUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2013
Identification Number : 10.1027/1614-0001/a000098
Uncontrolled Keywords : crying faces, empathy, caregiving, lexical decision task, individual differences
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Additional Information : "This article does not exactly replicate the final version published in the journal "Journal of Individual Differences". It is not a copy of the original published article and is not suitable for citation." Available online at: http://psycontent.metapress.com/content/t742j88217r4l846/?p=d87c16fb719a447c9d8e9b167e18bb36&pi=5
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Jun 2013 14:21
Last Modified : 26 Nov 2014 14:13
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/732631

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