publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

Empathic responses are reduced to competitive but not non-competitive outgroups

Richins, Matt T.; Barreto, Manuela; Karl, Anke; Lawrence, Natalia;
Open Access
  • Published: 18 Apr 2018 Journal: Social Neuroscience, volume 14, pages 345-358 (issn: 1747-0919, eissn: 1747-0927, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: Portugal
Individuals feel more empathy for those in their group (i.e. ingroup members) than those who are not (i.e. outgroup members). But empathy is not merely selective to group distinctions, rather it fluctuates according to how groups are perceived. The goal of this research was to determine whether group-based evaluations can drive biases in self-reported empathy as well as in the underlying neural activity. Participants were asked to rate a target's physical pain while BOLD responses were recorded via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The target was either a member of the ingroup or one of two outgroups, one which was more of a rival to the ingroup than...
free text keywords: Intergroup, Pain, fMRI, :Ciências Médicas::Medicina Básica [Domínio/Área Científica], :Ciências Sociais::Psicologia [Domínio/Área Científica], Development, Behavioral Neuroscience, Social Psychology, Neural activity, Ingroups and outgroups, Functional magnetic resonance imaging, medicine.diagnostic_test, medicine, Feeling, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Empathy, Rivalry, Outgroup, Psychology
Funded by
FCT| UID/PSI/03125/2013
Center for Research and Social Intervention
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 147229
  • Funding stream: 5876
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