On seeing what isn’t there: Effects of emotion valance on perceiver empathic accuracy for depressed targets

Amy J. P. Gregory, Jonas P. Nitschke, Melanie Dirks, Lauren J. Human, & Jennifer A. Bartz

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5 thoughts on “On seeing what isn’t there: Effects of emotion valance on perceiver empathic accuracy for depressed targets”

  1. Super interesting! And also would be curious to see what would be happen if you replicate in a clinical context (i.e. patient target – therapist perceiver)?

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  2. These are some really cool findings!! I wondered whether depression was related to the target ratings of emotions. Is there a baseline difference, such that more depressed targets reported lower positive affect? Or do you think they may be simply less expressive when describing positive events, creating a dissociation between their content and actual emotions they felt?

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  3. I wonder what would happen if the content of the tape were removed so the perceiver can only see the facial/bodily expression and possibly hear the emotional tone – or maybe those channels could all be separated.

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  4. I know I’m biased but still think this is such an interesting finding! I wonder how we might experimentally probe the proposed mechanisms?

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