STUDY: Long-term musical group interaction has a positive influence on empathy in children

Musical group interaction (MGI) is a complex social setting requiring certain cognitive skills that may also elicit shared psychological states. We argue that many MGI-specific features may also be important for emotional empathy, the ability to experience another person’s emotional state. We thus hypothesized that long-term repeated participation in MGI could help enhance a capacity for emotional empathy even outside of the musical context, through a familiarization with and refinement of MGI empathy-promoting musical components (EPMCs).

 

Tal-Chen Rabinowitch – University of Cambridge, UK
Ian Cross – University of Cambridge, UK
Pamela Burnard – University of Cambridge, UK