"Their pain, our pleasure: stereotype content and schadenfreude"
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1299:52
Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.People often fail to empathize with others, and sometimes even experience schadenfreude—pleasure at others’ misfortunes. One potent predictor of schadenfreude is envy, which, according to the stereotype content model, is elicited by high-status, competitive targets. Here we review our recent research program investigating the relationships among stereotypes, envy, schadenfreude, and harm.
"Response to Susilo and Duchaine: beyond neuropsychological dissociations in understanding face and word representations."
Trends Cogn Sci, doi:pii: S1364-6613(13)00214-3.:00214-3
Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.This is a response to a paper by Susilo and Duchaine
[Dissociations between faces and words: comment on Behrmann and Plaut. Susilo T, Duchaine B. Trends Cogn Sci. 2013 Oct 17. doi:pii: S1364-6613(13)00209-X.]
We welcome the opportunity to clarify our theoretical
position in light of comments by Susilo and Duchaine.
Our central claim is that face and word processing are
carried out by a distributed network of partially specialized
cortical regions, with the degree of specialization varying
across individuals (partly as a function of language lateralization). Thus, and perhaps not surprisingly, Susilo and Duchaine are adopting an overly all-or-none perspective
when they mischaracterize our views as implying that
cortical regions are ‘not specialized for particular categories’or that ‘individuals with prosopagnosia will always have some deficits in word recognition while individuals with alexia will always have some deficits in face recognition’. Rather, on our view, cortical regions are not dedicated to categories, and patients with severe face or word impairments will, as a population, tend to be more moderately impaired in the other domain, as well.