Dissociation of Cognitive and Emotional Empathy in Adults with Asperger Syndrome Using the Multifaceted Empathy Test (MET)

@article{Dziobek2008DissociationOC,
  title={Dissociation of Cognitive and Emotional Empathy in Adults with Asperger Syndrome Using the Multifaceted Empathy Test (MET)},
  author={Isabel Dziobek and Kimberley Rogers and Stefan Fleck and Markus Bahnemann and Hauke R. Heekeren and Oliver Tobias Wolf and Antonio Convit},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  year={2008},
  volume={38},
  pages={464-473}
}
Empathy is a multidimensional construct consisting of cognitive (inferring mental states) and emotional (empathic concern) components. Despite a paucity of research, individuals on the autism spectrum are generally believed to lack empathy. In the current study we used a new, photo-based measure, the Multifaceted Empathy Test (MET), to assess empathy multidimensionally in a group of 17 individuals with Asperger syndrome (AS) and 18 well-matched controls. Results suggested that while individuals… 
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