Empathy over and out?


In this study, we aim to investigate the empathetic resonance ability in online communication among young adults (18-24), a group of likely users of social media. For this purpose, a partner experiment is carried out (50 dyads), in which two different-sex participants ask each other emotionally important questions in a Skype chat (only text-based). Friends vs. non-friends as well as positive vs. negatively valenced question-answer episodes are compared. During the chat, facial electromyography, electrocardiography, and electrodermal activity are recorded to measure the level of psychophysiological synchronization.


Principal Investigators
Hess, Ursula Prof. Dr. (Details) (Social Psychology and Organizational Psychology)

Duration of Project
Start date: 01/2019
End date: 12/2020

Research Areas
Social Psychology, Industrial and Organisational Psychology

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