Additional Acting, Music, and Empathy Research

Here are the links to the papers I talked about in class today!

1) Keefe, B. D., Villing, M., Racey, C., Strong, S. L., Wincenciak, J., & Barraclough, N.E. (2014). A database of whole-body action videos for the study of action, emotion, and untrustworthines. Behavioral Research Methods, 46:1042–1051. doi: 10.3758/s13428-013-0439-6.

This paper announces this team’s database of acting videos and lays out some potential studies that they think other researchers can use this database to pursue.  Like I said, I think this is problematic because it belies a fundamental assumption that no one has tested about realistic acting, but it’s still kinda cool if you’d like to take a look.

Keefe et al. (2014)

2) Parsons, C.E., Young, K.S., Jegindo, E., Vuust, P., Stein, A., Kringelbach, M.L. (In Press). Musical training and empathy positively impact adults’ sensitivity to infant distress. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1440. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01440.

Basically, parents with musical training were better at understanding their infants’ cries than nonmusical parents, and more empathetic people were better at understanding babies’ distress than less empathetic people.  It’s a far cry from establishing any causal link between musical training and empathy, but it’s an interesting parallel that seems to point to a connection on some level.

Parsons et al. (In Press)