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"Unmasking Empathy" explores perceptions of diversity

"Unmasking Empathy" explores perceptions of diversity | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Devyn Hebert ’17, Gideon Hess ’16 and Claire Bergey ’17 acted in the play, which posed questions about our capacity for empathy. 


Ideally, empathy allows us to attach meaning to others’ experiences, but the play provokes certain questions:

  • Can we truly understand that which we haven’t experienced?
  •  Is true empathy possible, or is it a socially constructed performance that allows us to feel closer to each other and better about our own humanity?
  •  In other words, if empathy is just an act, then why is it so important?


One line spoken between the actors stands out, neatly summarizing the doubts with which the audience grappled:

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Watch now: American Masters | Marian Seldes on Empathy and Cruelty in Directing Actors | KNPB Channel 5 Video

Watch now: American Masters | Marian Seldes on Empathy and Cruelty in Directing Actors | KNPB Channel 5 Video | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
Seldes did not like to be intimidated while working, and did not intimidate her students.
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The Empathy Project on Typography Served

The Empathy Project on Typography Served | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
The Empathy Project is a collaborative, participatory art project initiated by Paul Rucker and Curated by Marcus Civin at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Baltimore. It invites participants to explore their experiences with empathy through visual art, writing, installations, performances etc. Many classes added an assignment for the students in the institute to participate in the project where a wide variety of work was created, from collaborative installations to anonymous written posts. The project itself is a sum of all these parts and serves to celebrate the diversity that exists among any community of people. 
When i was brought on the team to design the identity and collateral for the project I was faced with a few specific problems that I must try to solve:
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Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Many business people have already discovered the power of storytelling in a practical sense – they have observed how compelling a well-constructed narrative can be. But recent scientific work is putting a much finer point on just how stories change our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.


As social creatures, we depend on others for our survival and happiness. A decade ago, my lab discovered that a neurochemical called oxytocin is a key “it’s safe to approach others” signal in the brain. Oxytocin is produced when we are trusted or shown a kindness, and it motivates cooperation with others. It does this by enhancing the sense of empathy, our ability to experience others’ emotions.


Empathy is important for social creatures because it allows us to understand how others are likely to react to a situation, including those with whom we work.


by Paul J. Zak 


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Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds: theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy

Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds: theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students, according to a study published this week by researchers in the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform.


The research published in Education Next examines the impact on students of attending high-quality theater productions of either Hamlet or A Christmas Carol.


The researchers found that viewing the productions leads to enhanced knowledge of the plot, increased vocabulary, greater tolerance and improved ability to read the emotions of others.


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Two years ago, researchers found significant benefits in the form of knowledge, future cultural consumption, tolerance, historical empathy and critical thinking for students assigned by lottery to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, October 23, 2014 10:17 AM

Really interesting to see evidence that tolerance and empathy rise even in students who watch (vs perform) theater. 

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UCLA Department of Art | Exhibitions: Compassion Fatigue

UCLA Department of Art | Exhibitions: Compassion Fatigue | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

The UCLA New Wight Biennial, Compassion Fatigue, will present work from 16 international emerging artists using installation, performance, video, photography and sound to enable intimate ways of viewing political crisis.


Curated by UCLA Department of Art graduate students Damir Avdagic and Abigail Collins.

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Reading fiction stories increases 'empathy' in people

Reading fiction stories increases 'empathy' in people | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Scientists have claimed that reading fiction stories can make one more empathetic.
 

Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, discussed how exposure to narrative fiction may improve our ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling in his session at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.

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Here's Why Empathy is The Key to Good Storytelling

Here's Why Empathy is The Key to Good Storytelling | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

In this guest post, the filmmakers of the forthcoming feature documentary, "My Country, No More" explain the importance of empathy in the storytelling process.


If empathy is feeling with someone, sympathy is feeling for them. Sympathetic storytelling lets sentimentality get in the way of a good story. In the film "Into the Abyss," Werner Herzog declares to a death row inmate, "I don't have to like you, but you are a human being."

Just because we dislike someone does not mean they don't have a story worth sharing. How many TV shows out right now are about putting yourself in the headspace of a mad man?...

1. Storytelling is about shared experience.
2. Empathy is not sympathy.
3. Empathy is difficult.
4. Empathy leaves us with a feeling instead of telling us what to feel.

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Empathy fuels our curiosity and reveals a
more nuanced way of looking at the world.
To approach situations empathetically is
to keep an open mind.

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By Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling

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Authors to Share "Radical Empathy" Through Storytelling

Authors to Share "Radical Empathy" Through Storytelling | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
Three of the world’s most influential writer/activists will discuss Narrative 4, a program that breaks down barriers through story exchanges.


Storytelling has always been with us, and the exchange of personal stories can open doors of communication.


To harness this power, global organization  Narrative 4 (N4) aims to promote “radical empathy” through story exchanges, a process that can break down barriers and shatter stereotypes.

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, June 15, 2014 10:34 AM

We can all benefit from greater empathy. 

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Empathy as Related to Creativity, Dogmatism, and Expressiveness

Empathy as Related to Creativity, Dogmatism, and Expressiveness | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Empathy (affective sensitivity) was hypothesized to be positively related to creativity and expressiveness and inversely related to dogmatism, when gender and age were controlled.


Participants were 56 graduate students enrolled in counseling and educational psychology courses at a large southwestern (U.S.) university. Participants were administered the Affective Sensitivity Scale (Kagan & Schneider, 1977) to measure empathy, the Statement of Past Creative Activities (Bull & Davis, 1980) to measure creativity, the Opinion Scale (Kleiber, Veldman, & Menaker, 1973) to measure dogmatism, and the Extended Personal Attributes Questionnaire (Spence, Helmreich, & Holahan, 1979) to measure expressiveness.


The results of multiple regressions provide support for the hypotheses that empathy is positively related to creativity and inversely related to dogmatism,


but the results do not support the hypothesized positive relationship between empathy and expressiveness. Implications of these findings for persons serving as counselors and counselor educators are discussed.

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Empathy by John K Trainer

Empathy by John K Trainer | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

You seek a crown of gold
And yet the heart is fallow
A famine of the soul
Unbeknownst and unconcerned 
The poor hunger for food and shelter
And you have an appetite that’s never satiated
The many feasts of endless delicacies and wealth
Has not spoiled your cravings ...

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Actors Help Inmates Develop Empathy

Actors Help Inmates Develop Empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
Sabra Williams, an actor and the Actors' Gang prison program director, explains that once inmates are given the tools and the opportunity to work as a team they develop empathy and start to create healthy relationships.


'People in prisons survive by numbing their emotions, and when people are numb they have no empathy and continue to commit crimes,' she says. One inmate confirms, 'I came here to learn how to control my emotions rather than let my emotions control me.'


Another who has done the course several times explains, 'It puts your head in a different mind-set.'

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Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc

Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Neuroscience suggests that the classic dramatic arc can change our brains and spur us to action. Kirby Ferguson, Paul Zak
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Jason Phelps's Banquet of Empathy

Jason Phelps's Banquet of Empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
Interested in exploring the idea of empathy from multiple perspectives, Phelps asked eight playwrights he admires and has worked with to write brief solo pieces on the question, “What does it mean to engage in an act of compassion?”

“Eight is significant to me,” says Phelps. “I had the idea for this show and picked an animal Tarot card around New Year’s—it was an eight, which represents a spider, so the spider is a symbol of creativity and making a web. Compassion is connected to the number eight in Buddhist thinking and practice. And my birthday has eights in it, plus eight is the symbol of infinity, so it’s very significant.”
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Pixar Storytelling Rules #3: Character Empathy

We easily empathize with characters that are like us, and even more easily with characters that we wish we were like, usually confident, sexy, successful people. Pixar got us to empathize with a mute robot, a rat, monsters and many other unusual suspects. How did they do it?


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Learning From Live Theater: Students realize gains from theater trips - Research

Learning From Live Theater: Students realize gains from theater trips - Research | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

We also employed a measure known as the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test (RMET), which captures the ability to infer what other people are thinking or feeling by looking at their eyes.


The test was developed by British psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues as a tool for studying theory of mind, particularly for people with autism.


It is now widely used by researchers interested in studying theory of mind and empathy for people developing typically, as well as for those with autism.


Researchers using RMET have found that reading literary fiction or engaging in theatrical role-playing enhances people’s ability to read the emotions of others. We suspected that watching live theater might have a similar effect and decided to include RMET in our survey.


The version of RMET we employed was developed for use with adolescents and has 28 photographs cropped to show only people’s eyes. Subjects are asked to pick one of four words that best describes what the photographed person is thinking or feeling.



by Jay P. Greene

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Does Literature Make You Empathic?

Does Literature Make You Empathic? | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

An article published last year in Science presented evidence that literary fiction makes readers more empathic than popular fiction; that is, it claims LitFic is better for you than mystery, romance, thrillers, or science fiction. Author Ransom Stephens offers a primer to prepare you to participate in Litquake's Does Literature Make You an Empath? event next week...


My aim here isn’t merely to convince you to mark your calendar; it’s to prepare you to participate in Litquake’s Does Literature Make You an Empath? event next Tuesday at the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco....


Litquake’s Does Literature Make You an Empath? panel is Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:30pm at the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco. For more information, visit litquake.org.


by Ransom Stephens



Does Literature Make You an Empath?
http://www.litquake.org/events/does-literature-make-you-empath  

Our panel of LitFic and genre authors plus experts on the science of empathy (and you!) will investigate why or whether high-brow lit cranks up empathy more than a good mystery, romance, or space opera. For reservations: (415) 393-0100; rsvp@milibrary.org

Litquake Panel

Does literature make you an empath?http://www.milibrary.org/milibrary/events/litquake-does-literature-make-you-empath-oct-14-2014 
Our panel of fiction and genre authors plus experts on the science of empathy (and you!) will investigate why or whether high-brow lit cranks up empathy more than a good mystery, romance, or space opera. What techniques do writers employ to evoke sympathy or distain? What does neuroscience say about how we “mirror behavior?” Join this provocative discussion!
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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, October 11, 2014 3:10 PM

How do we know what others feel?  Literature--which is basically storytelling afterall-- is one good way to feel what others are feeling.

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» Can Reading Fiction Improve Empathy? - Psych Central News

» Can Reading Fiction Improve Empathy?  - Psych Central News | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

An emerging theory suggests exposure to narrative fiction can improve an individual’s ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling.


Dr. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, said, “we understand stories using basic cognitive functions, and there is not a special module in the brain that allows us to do this. Understanding stories is similar to the way we understand the real world.”


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There is some evidence that adults who process stories deeply and are highly engaged in the story report more empathy, but the results have been inconsistent.

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By RICK NAUERT PHD 

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Empathic Critique: Using empathic critique to foster the culture of collaborative discovery in studio art class

Empathic Critique:  Using empathic critique to foster the culture of collaborative discovery in studio art class | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Are you an art teacher that avoids critique sessions? Art teachers tell me that they are skipping the critique because it has been a negative experience. How much learning are your students missing?


Empathic critique is collaboration,
not competition. Empathic class critique
in studio art is not a debate session.


It is a hunt for visual effects, meaning, purpose, and new ideas. All participants are acting in their own best interest by being their naturally helpful selves. Competition is replaced by mutual discovery.


In addition to facilitating art learning, the empathic critique culture helps students rediscover their basic relationship intelligence.


They learn to leverage their own natural goodness and helpful instinct to intuit how to make the world a better place. In place of defensiveness and conflict, they experience the mutual benefits of cooperatively hunting and gathering good ideas. What may have been feared as mistakes, become coveted discoveries that promote new insights and learning.


by Marvin Bartel 

Image: 

Gabriel Cornelius von Max,   Monkeys as Judges of Art 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_criticism

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Poem: Empathy by George Eliot

Poem: Empathy by George Eliot | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Empathy

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible
Comfort of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weight thoughts,
Nor measure words--but pouring them
All right out--just as they are
Chaff and grain together,
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them,
Keep what is worth keeping,
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.


 Author: George Eliot (English novelist)
image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eliot ;

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, June 29, 2014 10:20 AM

Wise woman of the 19th century--

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Empathy School | Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)

Empathy School | Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

 Produced in collaboration with visual artist and filmmaker Brent Green, Empathy School combines theater, travel, and audio in a contained space where listen

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Call for Submissions dealing with Empathy

Call for Submissions dealing with Empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

The Empathy Circuit | The Artform of Outrospection 


Empathy is a  “feeling into” that evokes simultaneous knowledge of theselfand theother. Indeed, empathy has the capacity for a revolutionary epistemology, even a counter-ontology; the capacity to counter the polarisation and signifying isolation through Hegelian dialectics of these two terms; instead, we have an emotional equivalent to Humpty Dumpty’s “slithe”, a psychological portmanteau!..


A long-term and rolling project, The Brentwood Road Gallery are looking for artists, writers, psychologists, neuroscientists, educators, community activists, art therapists and anybody whose practice and research looks at the understanding and development of empathy within both the contemplative and scientific perspectives.



image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Gallery_of_Cornelis_van_der_Geest.JPG


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