Empathy: a physiological substrate.

  title={Empathy: a physiological substrate.},
  author={Robert W Levenson and Anna Marie Ruef},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={63 2},
  • R. Levenson, A. Ruef
  • Published 1 August 1992
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
The relation between empathy (defined as the ability to perceive accurately how another person is feeling) and physiology was studied in 31 Ss. Ss viewed 15-min martial interactions and used a rating dial to indicate continuously how they thought a designated spouse was feeling. Rating accuracy was determined by comparing Ss' ratings with identical self-ratings obtained previously from the target spouse. Physiological linkage between S and target was determined using bivariate time-series… 

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