Empathy-related responses to moving film stimuli depicting human and non-human animal targets in negative circumstances.

@article{Westbury2008EmpathyrelatedRT,
  title={Empathy-related responses to moving film stimuli depicting human and non-human animal targets in negative circumstances.},
  author={H Rae Westbury and David L. Neumann},
  journal={Biological psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={78 1},
  pages={66-74}
}
Research supports an "ingroup empathy hypothesis" of higher empathy-related psychophysiological responses towards individuals of the same ethnicity. However, little research has investigated empathy-related responses to non-human targets graded for phylogenetic relatedness. Participants (N=73) were presented with film stimuli depicting humans, primates, quadruped mammals and birds in victimized circumstances. Phasic skin conductance responses (SCR) and subjective empathy-related ratings to the… CONTINUE READING

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