Changes in emotional empathy, affective responsivity, and behavior following severe traumatic brain injury

@article{deSousa2012ChangesIE,
  title={Changes in emotional empathy, affective responsivity, and behavior following severe traumatic brain injury},
  author={Arielle de Sousa and Skye McDonald and Jacqueline Rushby},
  journal={Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology},
  year={2012},
  volume={34},
  pages={606 - 623}
}
This study was designed to examine the relationship between deficits in empathy, emotional responsivity, and social behavior in adults with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). A total of 21 patients with severe TBI and 25 control participants viewed six film clips containing pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral content whilst facial muscle responses, skin conductance, and valence and arousal ratings were measured. Emotional empathy (the Balanced Emotional Empathy Scale, BEES: self-report) and… 
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