Jacob Israelashvili, an AICE researcher, has received a Small Research Grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).
Empathizing with others is widely presumed to increase understanding of others' emotions. Little is known, however, about whether the empathic process helps people interpret others' feelings more accurately. In a recent study, together with Disa Sauter and Agneta Fischer (Israelashvili et al., under review), Jacob Israelashvili have found that having had a similar past experience was related to lower accuracy in recognition of others' negative emotions. The grant will be used to examine conceptual replication and extension of the observed effect.