2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Narcissism, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior: An Online Survey
Joshua A. Hallows
Dr. Michele Breault, Faculty Mentor

In this study, we used an online survey to explore a relationship between narcissism, empathy, and prosocial behavior. We hypothesized that students scoring higher on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory would be less likely to participate in a follow-up survey. There was a strong negative correlation between scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory and Mahrebian and Epsteins Emotional Empathy Scale. This was consistent with the notion that narcissism and empathy would operate differently to influence prosocial behavior. However, narcissism and empathy were not related to the likelihood of future helping. There were significant differences in the number of people willing to help in the different cost conditions. There were significant gender differences in both empathy and narcissism. A more direct measure of helping may provide support for our hypothesis.

Keywords: Pyschology, Personality, Social, Attitudes, Josh, Hallows

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 36-1
Location: VH 1010
Time: 1:15

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