Psychophysical numbing, compassion fading, and the singularity effect are strongly affecting the world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Empathy-motivated prosocial behavior is not consistent with the drastic number of lives lost due to COVID-19. The current study evaluated participants for situational empathy levels post-exposure to either COVID-19 death statistics or a personal reflection on loss due to COVID-19. Alongside empathy, political affiliation and COVID-19 personal loss were measured as potential moderators on the relationship between medium of exposure to mortality information and empathy levels in the sample.
Dr. Abby Braden
First Advisor Department
Dr. Monica Longmore
Second Advisor Department
Mills, Keira N.; Ries, Kaylee; Durkin, Beth; Braden, Abby; and Barnhart, Wesley, "Comparing Levels of Situational Empathy based on medium of exposure to Covid-19 Mortality Information: Does Political Affiliation Impact Levels of Situational Empathy?" (2023). Honors Projects. 880.