Previous research provides a strong argument for the hypothesis that cardiac measures are related to empathy, with empathic sadness related to a heart rate (HR) decrease and empathic happiness related to a HR increase, even compared to other physiological variables. However, few studies have examined physiological dyadic empathy relationships, and no known studies have incorporated a psychopathic sample in a dyadic empathy-inducing task.
The connection of sub-conscious emotions occurring “in the moment” to conscious decisions is not understood. Our project is studying unconscious (uncontrolled) activities in the brain, the face, and the body at the moment when a person is confronted with an emotional situation.
In the fall semester of 2011, IDEAStudio team members implemented a transdisciplinary course that brought together students from industrial design, computer science, instructional design, and educational psychology. This diverse group collaborated to design educational products at the intersection of the arts, science, education, and creative technologies.