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心理学报 ›› 2015, Vol. 47 ›› Issue (4): 478-487.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2015.00478

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  1. (西南大学心理学部, 重庆 400715)
  • 收稿日期:2014-04-01 出版日期:2015-04-25 发布日期:2015-04-25
  • 通讯作者: 翁蕾, E-mail:; 高雪梅, E-mail:
  • 基金资助:

    国家社会科学基金青年项目(14XSH013), 教育部人文社科基金青年项目(10YJCXLX008)。

Dose Violent Offenders Have Lower Capacity of Empathy for Pain: Evidence from ERPs

GAO Xuemei; WENG Lei; ZHOU Qun; ZHAO Cai; LI Fang   

  1. (Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
  • Received:2014-04-01 Online:2015-04-25 Published:2015-04-25
  • Contact: WENG Lei, E-mail:; GAO Xuemei, E-mail:


疼痛共情是共情最典型的表现形式, 是指个体对他人疼痛的感知、判断和情绪反应。共情能力的缺失可能导致个体产生退缩、冷漠及攻击行为。本研究采用事件相关电位技术(ERP), 以疼痛和非疼痛图片为实验材料, 对暴力犯的疼痛共情水平进行了考察, 结果发现:暴力犯和普通群体在观看疼痛和非疼痛图片时ERP波形差异显著, 暴力犯观看疼痛图片时, N110、P2的潜伏期更长, P2的波幅更高、P300的波幅更低, 说明与普通群体相比, 暴力犯的疼痛共情水平较低。

关键词: 暴力犯, 疼痛共情, ERP, N110, P2, P300


As a typical form of empathy, empathy for pain refers to the perception, judgment of others’ pain, as well as corresponding affective responses. Deficit in empathy for pain may lead to withdrawal, indifference to other’s pain or aggressive behavior.Some contextual factors, especially the observers’ traits, may have an influence on empathy for pain. Previous studies have focused on empathy for pain of special groups like physicians and offenders, but most of these studies are questionnaire surveys and there is little research on the cognitive neural mechanisms.Moreover, observing stimuli in different perspectives also affects empathy for pain, and whether this effect exists in special groups remains unknown. Investigating the capacity of empathy in violent offenders can deepen our understanding about the mechanisms of empathy and provide some supports for their training program. Using a picture-priming paradigm, the present studypresented painful and non-painful stimuli toviolent offenders and ordinary (control) participants and simultaneously recorded their ERP data. The experiment consisted of two blocks and the participants were asked to view stimuli in first-person and other-person perspectives, respectively. Painful or non-painful pictures were presented for 1000ms, which werefollowed by a fixationlasting randomly for 1500-1700ms. In order to make sure that the participants viewed the pictures carefully, only 10% pictures were randomly chosen and needed participants’ responses. These pictures were accompanied by a response screen showing that “Painful picture: F; Non-painful picture: J”. The screen disappeared after a button pressing.For the remained trials, the participants just needed to view pictures carefully. The results showedthat the latencies and amplitudes of N110, P2 and P300 were different between violent offenders and control group. When viewing painful pictures, violent offenders had longer latency of N110 and P2 than what, and the amplitude of P2 was larger than what. When they viewed pictures under other-person perspective they also had longer latency of N110 than what?. Furthermore, for the amplitude of P300, control grouphad smaller amplitude when viewing painful pictures in both perspectives, while for violent offenders this effect only existed under other-person perspective. Our results indicated that violent offenders might have lower capacity of empathy for pain than control group. The present study supports the Communications Model of empathy for pain and expands previous studies to some extent. This may also provide some empirical support for the training program of offenders. However, we also have some limitations that need further investigations in the future.

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