The influence of a compassion training on perspective taking and reappraisals. A pilot study

ContributorsVétois, Matthieu
Master program titleMaîtrise universitaire en psychologie
Defense date2019

Existing research on the psychological mechanisms involved in compassion training suggests that compassion training increases positive affect and prosocial motivation. However, the involvement of additional processes such as perspective taking and reappraisal is still debated. The purpose of this study was to contribute to this debate in two ways: the first objective was to assess if compassion training increases perspective taking abilities. The second objective was to measure if compassion training fosters reappraisal of evaluations that underlie compassion. To this end, two experiments were designed. The purpose of experiment 1 was to validate the French version of a selection of EmpaToM videos (Kanske et al, 2015), to provide an initial verification of the appraisal model of compassion (Goetz et al. 2010) and to select stimuli for experiment 2. The results did not validate the French version of the EmpaToM (Kanske et al., 2015). However, they revealed that compassion was positively associated with self-reported appraisals of self-relevance, deservingness, coping-adjustment and coping-power. Using a cross-sectional design, experiment 2 was designed to measure the influence of compassion training on perspective taking and appraisals of compassion. To this end, compassion trainees were compared with a reappraisal and a control group. The results revealed no significant group differences in compassion and perspective taking. Reappraisal trainees reported greater copingadjustment to low-compassion videos. The other group differences did not reach significance. Future studies with a bigger sample size and sufficient statistical power should be performed to assess whether perspective taking and reappraisal of compassion are involved in compassion training

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VÉTOIS, Matthieu. The influence of a compassion training on perspective taking and reappraisals. A pilot study. 2019.
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