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Considering others in Need: On altruism, empathy and perspective taking

  title={Considering others in Need: On altruism, empathy and perspective taking},
  author={Lidewij W. Niezink},
In the social psychological literature, empathy is seen as an emotional response which evokes the altruistic motivation to help others. One cognitive tool to increase the experience of empathy is perspective taking. The current dissertation investigates how different perspectives on the suffering of others, in combination with individual differences and situational variations, lead to empathy and the willingness to help those others. It also explores how empathy has been measured within… 

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