We present a validated, open-source, evidence-based approach for the coding and quantification of interpersonal behaviour. The phenomenon of empathy is a complex and ambiguous phenomenon, which is currently being defined in numerous different ways, resulting in the use of many different assessment approaches. However, as most approaches focus on the personal outcomes for the empathiser, there is a need for greater focus on the examination of empathic behaviour at the interpersonal level, in order to enhance our understanding of the temporal dynamics of the empathising process in a live, evolving interaction (Main, Walle, Kho & Halpern, 2017). Several studies were conducted to enhance our current understanding of the communicative behaviours that signal empathic understanding to a conversational partner, in an everyday interaction. These behaviours were integrated into a coding scheme. The Interpersonal Coding of Empathy Scheme was therefore developed to operationalise and quantify interpersonal empathic behaviour in a social interaction. Designed to be flexible, the scheme can be adapted to suit a research team’s resources and time constraints. It can be used to rate empathic behaviour intensity per X-sec intervals, or can be used with annotation software to label changes in empathic behaviour level across time. The scheme therefore allows the in-depth examination of changing empathy levels over the course an interaction. An excerpt of our coding scheme can be found on ResearchGate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the full scheme.
|Publication status||Published - 04 Apr 2018|
|Event||Consortium of European Research on Emotion - Glasgow, United Kingdom|
Duration: 04 Apr 2018 → 05 Apr 2018
|Conference||Consortium of European Research on Emotion|
|Abbreviated title||CERE 2018|
|Period||04/04/2018 → 05/04/2018|
Spencer, C., Main, A., & McKeown, G. (2018). Towards the development of a coding scheme for the quantification of interpersonal empathic behaviour. Poster session presented at Consortium of European Research on Emotion, Glasgow, United Kingdom.