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Recently Published Paper: “Intentional and unintentional empathy among physicians and non-physicians”

The lab recently published the paper “Intentional and unintentional empathy among physicians and non-physicians” in Social Psychological and Personality Science. This is a first-authored paper by Victoria Spring, and co-authors include Daryl Cameron, Stephanie McKee, and Andrew Todd. In this work, we administered the Pain Identification Task (Cameron et al., 2017, Emotion) to practicing physicians as well as a matched group of educated non-physicians. Results revealed that physicians showed greater ability to intentionally empathize with the experiences of others compared to non-physicians; however, there was no difference in their tendency to unintentionally empathize with others’ painful experiences. Nice work, Victoria!