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The role of self-agency and facial mimicry in normal human empathy.
Degree: 2011, Universiteit Utrecht
Philosophers in early human history already noticed that we humans are able to empathize, as the term for this phenomenon roots in ancient Greek. Although the existence of empathy has been noticed long ago, it is only recently that scientific researchers have become interested in this phenomenon. Reason for this is not the lack of interest but because it is difficult to investigate this phenomenon. Many factors seem to be contributing to our empathic ability.
Two of these factors that have been found important for experiencing empathic feelings on a normal level, are a sense of self-agency and facial mimicry. Psychiatric disorders with a distortion in empathy have often been related to a deficiency in self-agency (Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Alexithymia, schizophrenia/schizotypy, social phobia/Social Anxiety Disorder) or facial mimicry (Autistic Spectrum Disorders). In this thesis the importance of self-agency and facial mimicry for normal empathy was determined. This was done by investigating whether a deficiency in empathy could be related to a deficiency in the sense of self-agency or facial mimicry.
The studies discussed in this thesis provide evidence that both self-agency and facial mimicry are important factors contributing to the empathic ability. The deficiency in empathy of individuals with psychiatric disorders was found to be related to deficiencies in facial mimicry and/or to deficiencies in a sense of self-agency
Advisors/Committee Members: Ruys, Dr. K.I..
Subjects/Keywords: Empathy; self-agency; facial mimicry; psychiatric disorders
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APA (6th Edition):
Bruls, E. (2011). The role of self-agency and facial mimicry in normal human empathy. (Masters Thesis). Universiteit Utrecht. Retrieved from http://dspace.library.uu.nl:8080/handle/1874/205089
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Bruls, E. “The role of self-agency and facial mimicry in normal human empathy.” 2011. Masters Thesis, Universiteit Utrecht. Accessed June 15, 2019.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Bruls, E. “The role of self-agency and facial mimicry in normal human empathy.” 2011. Web. 15 Jun 2019.
Bruls E. The role of self-agency and facial mimicry in normal human empathy. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Universiteit Utrecht; 2011. [cited 2019 Jun 15].
Available from: http://dspace.library.uu.nl:8080/handle/1874/205089.
Council of Science Editors:
Bruls E. The role of self-agency and facial mimicry in normal human empathy. [Masters Thesis]. Universiteit Utrecht; 2011. Available from: http://dspace.library.uu.nl:8080/handle/1874/205089