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A network science approach to modelling and predicting empathy

Jayant Venkatanathan, Evangelos Karapanos, Vassilis Kostakos, Jorge Gonçalves

Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on | IEEE | Published : 2013


In this paper we adopt a network science approach to investigate empathy and its implications for online social networks. We demonstrate that empathy is closely linked to social capital - the findings suggest that individuals higher on cognitive empathic skill are overall likely to report both higher bridging and higher bonding social capital. On the other hand, attributes of network structure around the individual, quantified through networks analysis metrics, were related to cognitive empathy. Further, an examination of the interplay between network structure, social capital and empathy suggests that empathy facilitates the relation between network structure and social capital previously r..

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