Izzy Rust – Empathy and Emotional Intelligence in Relation to Psychopathy.

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Faculty mentor: CoCo James

Artist’s Statement: Through my piece I wanted to visually represent the notion that individuals that have psychopathy can experience empathy but don’t have the emotional intelligence to understand it. I choose to use images of infamous serial killers because not only are their faces haunting but their actions reflect the fact that they lack emotional intelligence. Within my research there are a few indicators that helped researchers identify psychopathy. Empathy, emotional intelligence, emotional contagion, mimicry, and callousness are all terms used to signify the traits of a psychopath. A specific indicator that I applied within my piece was mimicry, and the ability to recognize certain facial expressions. I used images of four facial expressions, those being fear, happiness, sadness, and pain. The reactions of the participants helped researchers identify psychopathic traits. Researchers also wanted to see if biologically there was a difference between a brain with and without psychopathy. I felt that this was important to include in the piece because it shows that psychopathy can be identified both physically and through the traits listed above. To conclude, I wanted my piece to represent the important findings in my research while also being a possible conversation starter to any of those who view it.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1279166@utah.edu

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