Our research focuses on extremes of empathy.
Lower empathy: We have found that narcissism is rising and empathy is declining among American college students. Other work explores the cognitive an intrapersonal consequences of narcissism, and methods of reducing narcissism and egotistically-motivated aggression.
We also seek to understand the emotional processes associated with other empathy-relevant traits such as self-construal and alexithymia.
Higher empathy: We are currently examining the underlying biological processes associated with empathy and prosocial behavior, including their cardiovascular, endocrine, and neural underpinnings.