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"Feeling into" and moral imagination : how the expression of empathy varies across different Corona-related dilemmas

Bärthlein, J.J. (2021) "Feeling into" and moral imagination : how the expression of empathy varies across different Corona-related dilemmas.

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Abstract:This study deals with examining how the expression of empathy varies in the anticipatory moral imagination of different Corona-related dilemmas. Participants from the Netherlands, Greece, Finland and Ecuador were shown pictures that represented Corona-related dilemmas and were asked to identify the dilemmas and find solutions. Their responses were analysed using deductive and inductive coding. The focus of this analysis was on the kinds of empathy since this study was the first to empirically examine the six aspects of empathy by Alma & Smaling (2006). Furthermore, the intensity of empathy was added to this theoretical framework and its interaction with three of the six aspects of empathy was analysed per dilemma. The results showed that how empathy was expressed varied per dilemma in the kind and intensity of empathy as well as their interaction. Multiple factors were identified as possible causes for this variation, such as differences between personal and collective dilemmas, futuristic and familiar situations, as well as clear and complicated representations of the dilemmas. For the future, it would be advisable to examine these factors in more detail and design studies that can include all the six aspects of empathy in their analysis.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87773
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