liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Compassion Fade: Affect and Charity Are Greatest for a Single Child in Need
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Decision Research, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Decision Research, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Decision Research, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Ohio State University, Columbus, USA .
2014 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 9, no 6, e0100115- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Charitable giving in 2013 exceeded $300 billion, but why do we respond to some life-saving causes while ignoring others? In our first two studies, we demonstrated that valuation of lives is associated with affective feelings (self-reported and psychophysiological) and that a decline in compassion may begin with the second endangered life. In Study 3, this fading of compassion was reversed by describing multiple lives in a more unitary fashion. Study 4 extended our findings to loss-frame scenarios. Our capacity to feel sympathy for people in need appears limited, and this form of compassion fatigue can lead to apathy and inaction, consistent with what is seen repeatedly in response to many large-scale human and environmental catastrophes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Public Library of Science , 2014. Vol. 9, no 6, e0100115- p.
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109265DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100115ISI: 000338508200073PubMedID: 24940738OAI: diva2:737147
Available from: 2014-08-12 Created: 2014-08-11 Last updated: 2014-09-09Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(392 kB)109 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 392 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full textPubMed

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Västfjäll, Daniel
By organisation
PsychologyFaculty of Arts and Sciences
In the same journal

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 109 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 738 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link