Behavioural and Neuroscientific Sex Differences in Empathy
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Empathy is a multidimensional phenomenon that consists of both emotional and cognitive components. This paper gives an overview of behavioural and neuroscientific sex differences in empathy, as well as potential explanations to those results. Research indicates existence of sex differences in both emotional and cognitive empathy, although inconsistent findings suggest both female superiority as well as male superiority. Gender roles, social desirability, as well deficiencies in measurement and imprecise conceptualizations of empathy is argued as contributors to found sex differences. With a restricted amount of research on sex differences in empathy, inconsistent findings as well as a great proportion of critique towards both the research field of empathy as well as towards focus on sex differences; the authors argue that presented sex differences in empathy must be interpreted with a great caution.
Keywords: empathy, sex, gender difference, behaviour, neuroscience
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 72 p.
empathy, sex, gender difference, behaviour, neuroscience
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11523OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-11523DiVA: diva2:854092
Subject / course
2015-05-20, G211, Högskolevägen, 541 28, Skövde, 20:28 (English)
Annett, Judith, Gästprofessor Institutionen för biovetenskap
Pylkkänen, Paavo, Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy School of Bioscience