A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words The Influence of Visuospatial and Verbal Cognitive Styles on Empathy and Willingness to Help

Namrata Goyal, Matthew Wice, Marcel Kinsbourne, Emanuele Castano

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We examined the relationship between cognitive style empathy and willingness to help. In Study 1 (N = 186) we measured preference for visuospatial or verbal cognitive style using the ZenQ (Zenhausern, 1978), and empathy using the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (Davis, 1983). In Study 2 (N = 76), we experimentally elicited verbal or visual cognitive processing via priming and measured empathy in response to a vignette about a woman injured in a car accident. In both studies, we measured willingness to help by assessing participants’ willingness to assist the injured woman. Results showed that visuospatial cognitive processing increased empathy and willingness to help. Empathic concern mediated the relationship between cognitive style and willingness to help. Results highlight the importance of mental imagery in increasing empathy and helping.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)372-379
Nombre de pàgines8
RevistaSocial Psychology
Volum48
Número6
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - de nov. 2017
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