Individual differences among adult women in sensitivity to infants: evidence in support of an empathy concept.

@article{Wiesenfeld1984IndividualDA,
  title={Individual differences among adult women in sensitivity to infants: evidence in support of an empathy concept.},
  author={A R Wiesenfeld and P B Whitman and C Z Malatesta},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1984},
  volume={46 1},
  pages={118-24}
}
Emotional and physiological responsivity to infant signals was assessed in individuals who differed markedly in their level of empathy. Eighteen high-empathy and 20 low-empathy female observers viewed videotaped scenes of smiling, quiescent, and crying 5-month-olds as the observers' physiological and facial reactions were monitored. Subjects then rated their subjective emotional reactions to the scenes and judged the intensity of the infants' need for care. High-empathy subjects had larger… CONTINUE READING

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