Title

Empathy and generalized reciprocity in compliance with requests for help

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Psychological reports

Volume

91

Issue

1

Publisher

Ammons Scientific

Publication Date

8-1-2002

First Page

241

Last Page

242

DOI

10.2466/pr0.2002.91.1.241

Abstract

This study examined empathy and reciprocity as explanations for why people comply with requests for help. Participants (35 male and 62 female) imagined being asked for money by a person who had locked keys in a car and then reported how likely they would he to comply with such a request, whether they had previously locked their keys in their car (empathy), and, if so, whether they had been helped (reciprocity). In support of the explanation based on empathy, people who reported previously locking their keys in their cars indicated being more likely to comply.

Comments

*undergraduate student; **graduate student

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