Empathic Accuracy in Young Married Couple Conversations
Smith, Jean M.
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Empathic accuracy in young married couple dyads is explored using a combination of valence tasks, a discrete emotion task, and physiological measurements. Approximately 50 married couples aged 25 to 40 years are to be used in this study. It is predicted that the methods used, particularly the discrete emotion task, will lead to useful, valid results and a more accurate understanding of emotions as complex, functional, and discrete. We hypothesize that female gender, marital satisfaction, intelligence, and physiological linkage will correlate positively with empathic accuracy, and that physiological arousal and empathic accuracy will be negatively correlated.