Empathic accuracy for happiness in the daily lives of older couples: Fluid cognitive performance predicts pattern accuracy among men

Gizem Hülür, Christiane A. Hoppmann, Antje Rauers, Hannah Schade, Nilam Ram, Denis Gerstorf

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Abstract

Correctly identifying other's emotional states is a central cognitive component of empathy. We examined the role of fluid cognitive performance for empathic accuracy for happiness in the daily lives of 86 older couples (mean relationship length = 45 years; mean age = 75 years) on up to 42 occasions over 7 consecutive days. Men performing better on the Digit Symbol test were more accurate in identifying ups and downs of their partner's happiness. A similar association was not found for women. We discuss the potential role of fluid cognitive performance and other individual, partner, and situation characteristics for empathic accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-552
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology and aging
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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