Journal article

The contribution of emotional empathy to approachability judgments assigned to emotional faces is context specific

Megan L Willis, Danielle L Lawson, Nicole J Ridley, Peter Koval, Peter G Rendell

Frontiers in Psychology | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2015

Abstract

Previous research on approachability judgments has indicated that facial expressions modulate how these judgments are made, but the relationship between emotional empathy and context in this decision-making process has not yet been examined. This study examined the contribution of emotional empathy to approachability judgments assigned to emotional faces in different contexts. One-hundred and twenty female participants completed the questionnaire measure of emotional empathy. Participants provided approachability judgments to faces displaying angry, disgusted, fearful, happy, neutral, and sad expressions, in three different contexts-when evaluating whether they would approach another individ..

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