Hodson, G., MacInnis, C.C., & Choma, B.L. (2019). Left-right differences in perspective-taking across U.S. states. Personality and Individual Differences, 144, 36-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2019.02.028 [ACCESS LINK, FREE until April 20 2019]
In this article we test whether regions in the U.S. characterized by more (vs. less) conservatism are less prone to perspective taking and empathic concern. We find clear evidence that states with a greater proportion of conservatives or more religious people score significantly lower in perspective taking. This has implications for thinking about ways to bridge the political divide and reach out "across the aisle".