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  • Print publication year: 2016
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17 - Interpersonal accuracy

from Part II - Correlates of interpersonal accuracy

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This chapter examines the relationship between interpersonal accuracy and prosociality. These two concepts seem intuitively intertwined, perhaps in part because both of them have been linked to the very broad and diffuse idea of “empathy.” We first highlight studies that support the relationship between interpersonal accuracy and prosociality. Notably, the predominant measure of interpersonal accuracy in studies supporting the link is emotion recognition – and in particular, recognition of fear. We next explore why the connection between these two constructs may be over-perceived. One possible reason is that both interpersonal accuracy and prosociality can be viewed as multidimensional constructs that have been operationalized in multiple ways. Links found between certain pairs of measures may not generalize to all measures. We conclude with future directions that may help further delineate the mechanisms that connect these two associated, yet distinct, constructs.

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