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Rev Neurol. 2014 Aug 1;59(3):97-105.

[Empathy and moral judgements in the elderly population].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Residencia Ntra. Sra. de Gracia, Tudela, Espana.

Abstract

in English, Spanish

INTRODUCTION:

Social cognition refers to mental processes that operate in situations of social interaction and facilitate adjustment and functioning in such scenarios.

AIM:

To study the empathic response in two groups of older people and their relationship to emotional intelligence and moral judgment.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

We enrolled 60 subjects divided into two groups of 30 subjects each completed a battery of tests: TMMS-24, DEX, IRI and moral dilemmas. RESULTS. In the dimension of the IRI perspective taking older group scored significantly less than the middle age group (U = 279; p < 0.05). In all other variables, no statistically significant differences were found.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results show the absence of a generalized deficit in social cognition in the elderly sample evaluated. However, differences were observed based on age on empathy and executive performance: over time a progressive impairment in theory of mind and a decline in the general empathic capacity occur. With regard to emotional intelligence, the elderly evaluated show a correct perception and understanding of their emotions even report a poorer ability to manage and regulate their emotions.

PMID:
25030068
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