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ERIC Number: EJ797419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Gender Differences in Empathy: The Role of the Right Hemisphere
Rueckert, Linda; Naybar, Nicolette
Brain and Cognition, v67 n2 p162-167 Jul 2008
The relationship between activation of the right cerebral hemisphere (RH) and empathy was investigated. Twenty-two men and 73 women participated by completing a chimeric face task and empathy questionnaire. For the face task, participants were asked to pick which of the two chimeric faces looked happier. Both men and women were significantly more likely to say the chimera with the smile to their left was happier, suggesting activation of the RH. As expected, men scored significantly lower than women on the empathy questionnaire, p = 0.003. A correlation was found between RH activation on the face task and empathy for women only, p = 0.037, suggesting a possible neural basis for gender differences in empathy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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