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The Effects of Empathy for Negative Emotional States on Pain Sensitivity

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Title: The Effects of Empathy for Negative Emotional States on Pain Sensitivity
Author: Dowlat, Richard
Advisor: Sternberg, Wendy
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: The goal of the study was to establish if an empathic response to social or physical pain resulted in increased pain sensitivity. Captioned vignette stimuli were used to induce an empathic response; thermal scaling, thermal threshold and cold pressor tasks were used in this paradigm to test pain sensitivity, and empathic questionnaires were administered to test the effectiveness of the manipulation. Mixed-factorial ANOVAs and subsequent post-hocs in addition to post-prime questionnaires reveal the manipulations were ineffective at inducing an empathic response, and the data obtained largely was inconclusive, however some trends supporting our hypotheses were observed. The data also give rise to multiple, significant, results that do not directly support our objective, but do leave room for further revised experimentation.
Subject: Interpersonal relations -- Psychological aspects
Subject: Pain -- Psychological aspects
Subject: Pain -- Effect of empathy on
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7111

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Dowlat, Richard. "The Effects of Empathy for Negative Emotional States on Pain Sensitivity". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7111.

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