The role of empathy in experiencing vicarious anxiety.

  title={The role of empathy in experiencing vicarious anxiety.},
  author={Jocelyn Shu and Samuel Hassell and Jochen Weber and Kevin N. Ochsner and Dean Mobbs},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  volume={146 8},
With depictions of others facing threats common in the media, the experience of vicarious anxiety may be prevalent in the general population. However, the phenomenon of vicarious anxiety-the experience of anxiety in response to observing others expressing anxiety-and the interpersonal mechanisms underlying it have not been fully investigated in prior research. In 4 studies, we investigate the role of empathy in experiencing vicarious anxiety, using film clips depicting target victims facing… CONTINUE READING

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