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Motivated empathy: The mechanics of the empathic gaze

Overview of attention for article published in Cognition & Emotion, February 2014
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (92nd percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (93rd percentile)

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Title
Motivated empathy: The mechanics of the empathic gaze
Published in
Cognition & Emotion, February 2014
DOI 10.1080/02699931.2014.890563
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Authors

David G. Cowan, Eric J. Vanman, Mark Nielsen

Abstract

Successful human social interactions frequently rely on appropriate interpersonal empathy and eye contact. Here, we report a previously unseen relationship between trait empathy and eye-gaze patterns to affective facial features in video-based stimuli. Fifty-nine healthy adult participants had their eyes tracked while watching a three-minute long "sad" and "emotionally neutral" video. The video stimuli portrayed the head and shoulders of the same actor recounting a fictional personal event. Analyses revealed that the greater participants' trait emotional empathy, the more they fixated on the eye-region of the actor, regardless of the emotional valence of the video stimuli. Our findings provide the first empirical evidence of a relationship between empathic capacity and eye-gaze pattern to the most affective facial region (eyes).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 61 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 25%
Student > Master 14 23%
Student > Bachelor 8 13%
Researcher 6 10%
Professor 5 8%
Other 13 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 34 56%
Unspecified 7 11%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 5%
Neuroscience 3 5%
Engineering 2 3%
Other 12 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 17. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 October 2014.
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#666,566
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Outputs from Cognition & Emotion
#106
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Outputs of similar age
#14,726
of 184,498 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Cognition & Emotion
#2
of 33 outputs
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