Empathic Disequilibrium – Better Tool For Predicting Autistic Traits?

Polynomial regression plot predicting the probability of autism diagnosis. A plot of the polynomial regression with response surface analysis of emotional and cognitive empathy, predicting the probability of autism diagnosis. The black line represents empathic disequilibrium, and the blue line represents total empathy. (a) The response surface parameters for males (N = 1641), (b) for females (N = 3273). Credit: Autism Research (2022).

Empathic disequilibrium is a new index combining two different types of empathy. The theory was proposed by a research team at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev as a method of predicting autism and autistic traits. It is believed that affective and cognitive processes are both involved in the capacity to empathize with others. The degree…