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The Neural Correlates of Empathy: Experience, Automaticity, and Prosocial Behavior
Assessing empathic responses to sad images under three conditions, higher levels of self-reported experienced empathy and activity in empathy-related areas, notably MPFC, were higher in the empathize condition than in the load condition, suggesting that empathy is not a fully automatic experience.
The Emerging Study of Positive Empathy
Lay intuitions suggest that the ability toshare, celebrate,and enjoy others’positiveemotions– a phenomenon we term positive empathy – bolsters individual well-being and relationship strength.
The neural components of empathy: predicting daily prosocial behavior.
The findings suggest that empathy has multiple input pathways, produces affect-congruent activations, and results in septally mediated prosocial motivation.
Emotional and instrumental support provision interact to predict well-being.
It is found that providers' emotional support and instrumental support represent distinct dimensions of support provision, replicating prior work, and that instrumental support enhanced well-being of both providers and recipients, but only when providers were emotionally engaged while providing support.
Interpersonal Emotion Regulation: Implications for Affiliation, Perceived Support, Relationships, and Well-Being
The Interpersonal Regulation Questionnaire is developed, a valid and reliable measure of individual differences in IER, and distinct dimensions underlying IER are identified, demonstrating that these dimensions can be stably measured and separated from related constructs, and revealing their implications for relationships and well-being.
Creating Buzz
Social interaction promotes the spread of values, attitudes, and behaviors. Here, we report on neural responses to ideas that are destined to spread. We scanned message communicators using functional