Workshop in Multidisciplinary Philanthropic Studies (WIMPS)
Research Assistant Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts University of Michigan
“EMPATHY AND EGOTISM IN NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARIES”
Research finds that giving care and support to others is associated with better physical health, including a lower risk of mortality, while more self-focus is associated with worse physical health. Prior research has also found that people who use more social words in their autobiographical texts have longer life spans. In the current project we are examining whether empathy and egotism related words are associated with the age and cause of death in texts written by others. To do so, we are developing a content analysis dictionary of empathy and egotism related terms, intended for acontextual computerized coding. We examine whether empathy/egotism is associated with the age and cause of death in a database of 484 New York Times obituaries of people who died in 2012.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
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