Empathy regulation, prosociality, and moral judgment

C. Daryl Cameron*, Paul Conway, Julian A. Scheffer

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In this review, we examine relationships between empathy, prosocial behavior, and moral judgment. We focus on recent evidence for these relationships, with a focus on motivated empathy regulation as an important process that shapes empathic and moral outcomes. In particular, we highlight tradeoffs in contexts that involve competing victims with different needs, such as in large-scale suffering situations and sacrificial moral dilemmas, as well as on effects on punishment and recursive effects of morality on empathy. Our aim is to integrate motivation frameworks in empathy regulation and social cognition with prosocial and moral judgments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-195
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Early online date21 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


  • empathy
  • compassion
  • prosocial
  • morality
  • emotion regulation


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