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, vaccination status was measured as a potential moderator on the relationship between medium of exposure to mortality information and empathy levels in the sample. 68 students were considered for this study. There was not a significant relationship between situational empathy and exposure to COVID-19 mortality information. Higher degree of vaccination significantly and uniquely predicted higher situational empathy scores.
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Wesley R. Barnhart
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Ries, Kaylee, "Comparing Levels of Situational Empathy Based on Medium of Exposure to COVID-19 Mortality Information and Vaccination Status" (2023). Honors Projects. 881.