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dc.contributor.authorBruneau, Emile G.
dc.contributor.authorCikara, Mina
dc.contributor.authorSaxe, Rebecca R.
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-09T17:55:14Z
dc.date.available2015-11-09T17:55:14Z
dc.date.issued2015-10
dc.date.submitted2015-06
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/99771
dc.description.abstractIn three experiments, we examine parochial empathy (feeling more empathy for in-group than out-group members) across novel group boundaries, and test whether we can mitigate parochial empathy with brief narrative descriptions. In the absence of individuating information, participants consistently report more empathy for members of their own assigned group than a competitive out-group. However, individualized descriptions of in-group and out-group targets significantly reduce parochial empathy by interfering with encoding of targets’ group membership. Finally, the descriptions that most effectively decrease parochial empathy are those that describe targets’ mental states. These results support the role of individuating information in ameliorating parochial empathy, suggest a mechanism for their action, and show that descriptions emphasizing targets’ mental states are particularly effective.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUnited States. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Government Contract/Grant D12AP00077)en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherPublic Library of Scienceen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0140838en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attributionen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.sourcePublic Library of Scienceen_US
dc.titleMinding the Gap: Narrative Descriptions about Mental States Attenuate Parochial Empathyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.citationBruneau, Emile G., Mina Cikara, and Rebecca Saxe. “Minding the Gap: Narrative Descriptions About Mental States Attenuate Parochial Empathy.” Edited by Angela Sirigu. PLoS ONE 10, no. 10 (October 27, 2015): e0140838.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorBruneau, Emile G.en_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorSaxe, Rebecca R.en_US
dc.relation.journalPLOS ONEen_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal published versionen_US
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticleen_US
eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerRevieweden_US
dspace.orderedauthorsBruneau, Emile G.; Cikara, Mina; Saxe, Rebeccaen_US
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2377-1791
mit.licensePUBLISHER_CCen_US


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