Being in a child’s shoes: Assessing changes in parents’ empathy and perspective-taking by using a combination of virtual reality and EEG methods

Project Code

MRCNMH24Ba Petrini

Research Theme

Neuroscience and Mental Health

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Perspective-taking (cognitive awareness of another’s state) and empathy (emotional/affective response) are important for sensitive and constructive parenting. However, these constructs are difficult to induce and measure and their underlying brain mechanisms during parenting remain unclear. This project will use a combination of virtual reality, electroencephalogram (EEG) and self-report measures to examine changes in parents’ empathy to inform future interventions.

Lead Supervisor

Dr Karin Petrini

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