In this work, we modelized the recognition of another's help as an instance of mentalization. This idea allowed us to test with Virtual-reality-based settings the ability to recognize such an intention. Also, we used the clinical empathy framework as raised by Mercer et al. to propose that clinical relationships involve the attribution of a helping intention to the caregivers. Here again, innovation in experimental methods provides means to address such clinically relevant issues.


Dans cet article, on trouve une proposition de méthode basée sur le jeu de carte virtuel et permettant de tester le jugement métacognitif et le jugement de l'aide perçue par des sujets.

Oker, A., Courgeon, M., Prigent, E., Eyharabide, V., Bazin, N., Urbach, M., Passerieux, C., Martin, J.C., Amorim, M.A. & Brunet-Gouet, E., (2015) Rating an affective agent’s help: a virtual reality study of help and metacognition, International Journal of Synthetic Emotions, 6(1), 60-73    

Ce travail est poursuivi dans cette seconde publication :

Patients with schizophrenia are less prone to interpret virtual others' empathetic questioning as helpful