The role of empathy in intergroup relations

Vanman, Eric J. (2016) The role of empathy in intergroup relations. Current Opinion in Psychology, 11 59-63. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.06.007

Author Vanman, Eric J.
Title The role of empathy in intergroup relations
Journal name Current Opinion in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2352-250X
Publication date 2016-10-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.06.007
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 11
Start page 59
End page 63
Total pages 5
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Intergroup empathy - feeling empathy for a person or persons on the basis of group memberships - has been, until lately, relatively neglected by researchers and its mechanisms are poorly understood. What is well established is that people typically display a group bias, such that they more readily have empathy for the pain and suffering of ingroup members than they do for outgroup members. I review current research that attempts to answer four main questions about intergroup empathy: (a) what is the role of empathy in prejudice and prejudice reduction? (b) What are the causes and consequences of counter-empathy? (c) How do mimicry and the mirror neuron system play a role? (d) How does the brain produce intergroup empathy? This review draws mainly from studies in social psychology, developmental psychology, and social neuroscience, reflecting a variety of behavioral and neuroscience measures to examine the interplay between prejudice, empathy, counter-empathy, and mimicry, as well as the brain regions that underlie these processes.
Keyword Intergroup empathy
Prejudice reduction
Intergroup relations
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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