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Adaptive empathic response selection in a multidimensional social interaction [Registered Report Stage 1 Protocol]

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posted on 2024-05-15, 10:25 authored by Elena Kozakevich Arbel, Simone Shamay-Tsoory, Uri Hertz

 

ABSTRACT 

In attempting to provide empathic response to alleviate distress, individuals draw from both past experiences and social cues, including the distressed person's identity, their emotional state, and the cause of distress. Yet, little is known about how these social dimensions influence empathic-response learning. We address this gap by integrating multidimensional learning paradigm, computational modelling, and adaptive empathy framework. Participants identify effective empathic responses across two blocks of distress scenarios, with one social dimension altered between blocks. We anticipate two learning patterns: dimension-sensitive, treating each change as a new learning experience, and dimension-insensitive, relying on previous experience as a baseline. By analysing responses to changes in person, emotional state, and distress cause, we aim to understand how social interaction characteristics shape learning and response generalization. Furthermore, we will explore the relationship between cognitive empathy and dimension sensitivity.
 


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Stage 1 Registered Report Protocol, 

Stage 1 Registered Report Supplementary Information

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Israel Science Foundation 1532/20

Israel Science Foundation 959/18

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This study protocol was preregistered with Communications Psychology

Date of in-principle acceptance

2024-05-08

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