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dc.contributor.authorWu, W.
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-04T13:36:50Z
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-24T13:42:55Z
dc.date.available2020-06-04T13:36:50Z
dc.date.available2020-06-24T13:42:55Z
dc.date.issued2019-10
dc.identifier.citationWu W and Mitchell P (2019) Accurate inferences of others thoughts depend on where they stand on the empathic trait continuum. Personality and Individual Differences. 148: 110-116.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/17865
dc.descriptionnoen_US
dc.description.abstractThis research explores the possibility that a person's (perceiver's) prospects of making a correct inference of another person's (target's) inner states depends on the personal characteristics of the target, potentially relating to how readable they are. Twenty-seven targets completed the Empathy Quotient (EQ) and were classified as having low, average or high EQ. They were unobtrusively videoed while thinking of an event of happiness, gratitude, anger and sadness. After observing targets thinking of such a past event, fifty-two perceivers (participants) in Study 1 were asked to infer what the target was thinking, and fifty perceivers in Study 2 were asked to rate the target's expression – positive or negative. Results suggested that (1) perceivers' accuracy in detecting targets' thoughts depended on which EQ group the target belonged to, and (2) target readability is not a proxy measure for level of target expressiveness. In other words, something about EQ status renders targets more or less easy to read in a way that is not simply explained by expressive people being more readable. We conclude with discussion of the importance of the target's trait as well as situation they experience in determining how accurately a perceiver might infer their inner states.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2019.05.025en_US
dc.subjectEmpathic traiten_US
dc.subjectAccuracyen_US
dc.subjectMindreadingen_US
dc.subjectRetrodictionen_US
dc.subjectSpontaneous behaviouren_US
dc.titleAccurate inferences of others thoughts depend on where they stand on the empathic trait continuumen_US
dc.status.refereedyesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2019-05-17
dc.date.application2019-05-29
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.date.updated2020-06-04T12:36:56Z


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