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I Know How You Feel: The Effect of Similarity and Empathy on Neural Mirroring

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dc.contributor.advisor Compton, Rebecca J. (Rebecca Jean) Quandt, Lorna 2007-05-25T14:32:09Z 2007-05-25T14:32:09Z 2007
dc.description.abstract The study examined the effects of similarity and empathy on neural mirroring. 31 subjects underwent a similarity manipulation designed to elicit feelings of similarity or dissimilarity towards a confederate. EEG data were recorded while the subject observed the confederate perform a flanker task. We expected to see heightened observer error-related negativities (oERN) and observer error positivities (oPe) in subjects in the highly-similar condition. Results indicated that subjects who felt similar to the confederate (assessed by post-task questions) showed a decreased oERN and an increased oPe following errors. Highly similar subjects may have expected to observe fewer errors, causing them to fail to notice errors initially then show a compensatory response when consciously noticing the error. Additionally, the effect may have been the result of uncertainty on the part of those subjects who deemed themselves similar to the confederates.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Developmental neurobiology
dc.subject.lcsh Mirror neurons -- Effect of empathy on
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology, Comparative
dc.subject.lcsh Similarity (Psychology)
dc.title I Know How You Feel: The Effect of Similarity and Empathy on Neural Mirroring
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access

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