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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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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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The Force of empathy in advocacy storytelling

The Force of empathy in advocacy storytelling | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

By Ted Fickes 

You need not have watched the first U.S. presidential debate on October 3rd to know what happened. Mitt Romney won the debate in the eyes of most that watched. He succeeded, in part, by creating a narrative, telling stories, and using a strong sense of empathy to connect with  citizens.


The power of empathy in Governor Romney’s debate performance (and the lack of it displayed by President Obama) has been declared significant enough to perhaps turn Romney’s campaign from a languishing also-ran to a possible winner.


But it is empathy that gives stories
their power in advocacy and
campaign communications.

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EMPATHY

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Building empathy in children through theater By Blair Howell,

Building empathy in children through theater By Blair Howell, | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
The Deseret News assembled a panel to review the many benefits of theater for young audiences in recognition of the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People.


Children learn social skills through theater, and the experience gleaned through both performing and attending theater has been likened to a gym for empathy, because it’s a place where muscles of compassion can be strengthened.


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Children learn to understand and engage

with people who are different from them.

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self-compassion | Sacred Circle

self-compassion | Sacred Circle | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

“Healing the self means committing ourselves
to a wholehearted willingness to be what
and how we are–
beings frail and fragile,
strong and passionate,
neurotic and balanced,
diseased and whole,

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by Lisa  

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Why childhood creativity could lead to a more empathetic world

Why childhood creativity could lead to a more empathetic world | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Childhood is so special because children have a natural tendency to be creative - every child is an artist in that way,” continues FitzGibbon.


“All that encourages creativity and imagination is linked to empathy and empathy is all about becoming a good, feeling and right-thinking adult. All the studies show that children who are read to when they are young and who are helped to draw and engage with art develop into more empathetic and well-rounded adults.


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All that encourages creativity

and imagination is linked

to empathy 

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“A lot of work has been done to show that children who are encouraged to imagine and dream become better at recognising and understanding emotion in later life, better at empathising, better at problem solving.

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ser niño es mirar las mismas cosas con referentes distintos, esa sería su forma de construir todo este mundo nuevo q explora. pero para el adulto esa sería la creatividad: romper algoritmos, crear otros nuevos. Y tal vez tb pueda ser uno de los caminos a la empatía, aunq no necesariamente eso lleve a la empatía.

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Interdisciplinary Symposium: Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen

Interdisciplinary Symposium: Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

This interdisciplinary symposium invites scholars, filmmakers, mental health practitioners and consumers to explore questions about representations of mental illness in film and television across two days of papers, screenings and workshops. The symposium has a particular focus on women’s mental health and the portrayal of mental illness in Australian films.


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KEYNOTE LECTURE

Professor Raymond Gaita

The University of Melbourne

The Limits of Empathy

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A key theme of the symposium is the emotion of empathy. If sympathy suggests feeling for someone (that is, feeling sorry for them), empathy is distinguished by feeling with them.


This sharing of emotion gives us valuable insight into how things are with another person. This insight can lead to a greater understanding that reduces stigma and discrimination, and helps us to see ‘the other’ as an equal human being. 


That is why empathy is such an important concept in philosophy, politics, psychology and human rights education.

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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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Carl Scrase Interview - Empathy Virus at Screen Space 08/05/2012

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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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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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Art: An Occupation With Promise for Developing Empathy

Art: An Occupation With Promise for Developing Empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

by Suzanne M. Peloquin

Empathy is central to the interactions of occupational therapists who value personal dignity. Persons from various sectors of the behavioral sciences and the medical humanities have proposed that engagement with the arts can develop empathy, an assumption that prompted this inquiry.


The observations of artists and art philosophers suggest that the assumption that art may develop empathy is grounded in the kindred natures of the two practices and in the actions that occur when a person engages with a work of art.


The assumption that art may develop empathy is grounded in the kinship of the actions common to both practices: response, emotion, and connection. Artists and art philosophers’ observations of human practices have uncovered three rules of art that may dispose one toward empathy: reliance on bodily senses, use of metaphor, and occupation by virtual worlds.


Analysis of art’s potential suggests that a person who would derive empathy from art must

(a) use the senses to grasp feeling,

(b) stretch the imagination to see a new perspective, and

(c) invite an occupation that enhances understanding.


Persons who hope to develop empathy must pursue an experience that evokes the fellow feeling that inspires it. Art can offer this experience.

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Embers of Empathy artworks to be unveiled this week as part of ad campaign via GPY&R, Sydney

Embers of Empathy artworks to be unveiled this week as part of ad campaign via GPY&R, Sydney | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Artworks created from a collaboration between Australian Red Cross, GPY&R Sydney and 12 of Australia's leading and emerging artists to raise awareness about the impact of bushfires on the nation will be unveiled this week.


The campaign, 'Embers of Empathy', utilises charcoal from the 2013 bushfires in the Blue Mountains to create unique artworks that convey an emotive bushfire story, inspiring lessons for the future.

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Reader Empathy: Catch It & Keep It - by Angela Ackerman

Reader Empathy: Catch It & Keep It - by Angela Ackerman | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
Gluing readers to the page. This is a writer’s goal each step of the way, from gaining the attention of an agent, to compelling an editor to make an offer, and finally, to enthralling an audience.


We strive to make people experience something powerful when they read our words. To genuinely FEEL. To care. Sounds...um, not easy? I know! Building empathy requires skill, knowledge and practice. Writers must become deeply in tune with a reader’s emotions and learn how to use these feelings to bind them to the story...


5 Ways To Encourage Reader Empathy


  1. Humanize your character....
  2. Get inside their bones. ...
  3. Clearly define the needs, goals, and stakes....
  4. Hobble characters through challenges that readers sympathize with....
  5. ....
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The Neurochemistry of Empathy, Storytelling, and the Dramatic Arc, Animated

The Neurochemistry of Empathy, Storytelling, and the Dramatic Arc, Animated | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

This week, I’m headed to the Future of Storytelling summit, an unusual cross-disciplinary unconference exploring exactly what it says on the tin. Among the presenters is neuroeconomics pioneer Paul Zak, director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies and author of The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity.


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this short film on empathy,

neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc

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In this short film on empathy, neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc, directed and edited by my friend Kirby Ferguson and animated by Henrique Barone, Zak takes us inside his lab, where he studies how people respond to stories.


by Maria Popova


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How Theater for Young People Could Save the World: theater is like a gym for empathy

How Theater for Young People Could Save the World: theater is like a gym for empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
So much of toxicity in this world comes from a collective draining of empathy. We don't understand each other, and we don't want to. But theater forces us to empathize.


As my friend Bill English of San Francisco's SF Playhouse says, theater is like a gym for empathy. It's where we can go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening and understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves. 


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theater is like a gym for empathy.

It's where we can go to build up the  
muscles of compassion,
to practice listening  

and understanding 

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Kids need this kind of practice even more than adults do. 

by Lauren Gunderson Dramatist and theater essayist

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, February 17, 1:32 PM

How Drama and the use of theatre can help children and young people 'to practice empathy '

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How Narrative Relationships Overcome Empathic Bias: Elizabeth Gaskell's Empathy across Social Difference

How Narrative Relationships Overcome Empathic Bias: Elizabeth Gaskell's Empathy across Social Difference | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Modern and historical scholarship on empathy has consistently demonstrated that people are more likely to empathize with those who are similar to themselves. This empathic bias for similarity means that the affective bonds and ethical motivations that accompany empathy are significantly diminished in relationships with outgroups, as defined by sociological difference.


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Modern & historical scholarship on 
empathy

has consistently demonstrated

that people are more likely to

empathize with those who

are similar to themselves.

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I argue that narrative empathy is uniquely capable of circumventing the similarity bias through compositional strategies related to foregrounding and perspective. Turning to modern research on reading as well as to accounts of reading in the nineteenth century, I propose a two-part argument: first, that the act of reading can overcome the bias that scholars have observed in relationships between people and, second, that narrative empathy has the potential to prevent future cases of bias by reconfiguring readers' criteria for similarity.


In an extended case study of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life (1848), I argue that Victorian social-problem literature thematizes empathy across difference and that the self-conscious treatment of cultural difference is particularly helpful for overcoming similarity bias.


by Mary-Catherine Harrison
Assistant Professor, English



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Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen

Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

A key theme of the symposium is the emotion of empathy. Speakers are invited to examine the ways in which the viewer’s empathy is elicited (or not) by the portrayals of mental illness on screen. In addressing this theme, paper/workshop topics may include, but are not limited to:


A key theme of the symposium is the emotion 

of empathy. Speakers are invited to

examine the ways in which the

viewer’s empathy is elicited


•    The role of acting and performance in the portrayal of mental illness on screen
•    Conventions of genre and/or commercial considerations
•    Narrative and stylistic techniques eg. sound, music, mis-en-scene
•    The socio-historical context in which these portrayals are produced
•    Issues of stigma and stereotypes that are perpetuated and/or challenged by screen portrayals of mental illness
•    The relation between screen portrayals of mental illness and other forms of visual culture
•    The ways in which gender, sexuality, class or race impact upon the representation and/or interpretation of mental illness
•    The portrayal of psychiatry/psychology on screen
•    The impact of screen portrayals on the lived experience of mental illness

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