The role of cognitive emotion regulation on the vicarious emotional response

Lopez-Perez, B. and Ambrona, T (2015) The role of cognitive emotion regulation on the vicarious emotional response. Motivation and Emotion, 39. pp. 299-308.

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Abstract

Perceiving another in need may provoke two possible emotional responses: empathic concern and personal distress. This research aims to test whether different emotion regulation strategies (i.e., reappraisal and rumination) may lead to different vicarious emotional responses (i.e., empathic concern and personal distress). In this sense, we hypothesized that reappraisal may lead to a greater feeling of empathic concern, whereas rumination may lead to a higher feeling of personal distress. To test the hypotheses we used experimental instructions (Study 1) and a priming procedure (Study 2) to manipulate the emotion regulation strategies. The results supported our hypotheses. Furthermore in the rumination condition the emotional experience was described as being more negative and more highly arousing than in the reappraisal condition. We discuss the effect of these two forms of cognitive emotion regulation on empathic concern and personal distress.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: The final publication is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11031-014-9452-z
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Belen Lopez-Perez
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2016 09:21
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 09:21
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1570

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