Empathy-Related Emotional Responses, Altruism, and Their Socialization (Part I)

Empathy-Related Emotional Responses, Altruism, and Their Socialization (Part I)


Psychologists have found that various empathy-related emotional responses such as sympathy and personal distress relate differently to the performance of prosocial behavior ( e.g., helping, sharing). Research concerning the link between sympathy and children’s prosocial behavior is briefly examined. Then aspects of the family environment that have been associated with sympathy and personal distress will be reviewed, as will research on the socialization of prosocial behavior in children.

  • Dialogue 5
    9 sessions
  • October 5, 1995
    Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Nancy Eisenberg

Nancy Eisenberg received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently is Regents Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. She has published nearly 200 books, chapters, and empirical journal articles on children's and adult's social and moral development. She has been a recipient of 5-year Research Scientist Development Awards from the National Institute of Health and the National Institutes of Mental Health (and will soon be starting a Research Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health). She is President of the Western Psychological Association, has been associate editor of Merrill-Palmer Quarterly and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and is editor-elect of the journal Psychological Bulletin.