Carmençita Serino

Empathy: Social-Psychological Prospects

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In a sense, Empathy is still a great mystery. It involves amazing physiological modifications, as well as the influence of social context and culture. In this paper, we focus on empathy as a social experience and on some of the studies where this complex and rich phenomenon was analyzed from a social-psychological viewpoint. This paper also introduces the three contributions included in the present special issue on Empathy in Social Psychology. We emphasize the importance of a socio-psychological analysis of empathy, aiming at encouraging the social psychologists concerned with these topics to develop their collaboration in this domain.


  • empathy
  • intergroup relations
  • social categorization
  • intergroup emotions


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