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Associations between empathy and altruistic sharing behavior in Chinese adults
Li, Zhanxing1,2; Yu, Jing3; Yang, Xiaohui4; Zhu, Liqi1
First AuthorZhanxing Li
2019-01-02
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
Correspondent Emailliqi zhu zhulq@psych.ac.cn
ISSN0022-1309
Subtypearticle
Volume146Issue:1Pages:1-16
Contribution Rank1
Abstract

Previous research has shown that affective empathy, rather than cognitive empathy, significantly predicts people's altruistic sharing behavior in economic games. However, most of these studies were conducted in Western populations. There might be cultural differences in the relations between empathy and altruism due to different levels of empathy between Western and Asian individuals. In this study, we measured different aspects of empathy in Chinese adults as well as their allocation offers in the dictator and ultimatum games. We found that cognitive empathy, but not affective empathy, was a significant predictor of adults' altruistic sharing behavior in the two economic games. Subjective family income was also revealed to be a significant predictor of individuals' altruism in the ultimatum game, such that people with lower subjective family income tended to be more generous. Potential implications of our findings are discussed.

KeywordAffective empathy altruism cognitive empathy dictator game ultimatum game
DOI10.1080/00221309.2018.1510826
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationChina Postdoctoral Science Foundation ; National Social Science Foundation of China
Funding ProjectChina Postdoctoral Science Foundation[2018M633484] ; National Social Science Foundation of China[14ZDB161]
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000463639800001
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
WOS KeywordCOGNITIVE EMPATHY ; DICTATOR GAMES ; GENDER ; CHILDREN ; CULTURE ; LESS
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/28969
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorZhu, Liqi
Affiliation1.Inst Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Inst Social Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.NICHHD, Bethesda, MD 20892 USA
4.Shaanxi Normal Univ, Xian, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
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Li, Zhanxing,Yu, Jing,Yang, Xiaohui,et al. Associations between empathy and altruistic sharing behavior in Chinese adults[J]. JOURNAL OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY,2019,146(1):1-16.
APA Li, Zhanxing,Yu, Jing,Yang, Xiaohui,&Zhu, Liqi.(2019).Associations between empathy and altruistic sharing behavior in Chinese adults.JOURNAL OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY,146(1),1-16.
MLA Li, Zhanxing,et al."Associations between empathy and altruistic sharing behavior in Chinese adults".JOURNAL OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 146.1(2019):1-16.
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