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.
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.