Social and Linguistic Behavior and its Correlation to Trait Empathy

Litvak, Marina and Otterbacher, Jahna and Ang, Chee Siang and Atkins, David (2016) Social and Linguistic Behavior and its Correlation to Trait Empathy. In: PEOPLES 2016, 11-16 Dec 2016, Japan. (Full text available)

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Abstract

A growing body of research exploits social media behaviors to gauge psychological character- istics, though trait empathy has received little attention. Because of its intimate link to the abil- ity to relate to others, our research aims to predict participants’ levels of empathy, given their textual and friending behaviors on Facebook. Using Poisson regression, we compared the vari- ance explained in Davis’ Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) scores on four constructs (em- pathic concern, personal distress, fantasy, perspective taking), by two classes of variables: 1) post content and 2) linguistic style. Our study lays the groundwork for a greater understanding of empathy’s role in facilitating interactions on social media.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Digital Media
Depositing User: Jim Ang
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 14:58 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 09:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58162 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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