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dc.contributor.advisorLuke, Jessica J
dc.contributor.authorMorrison, Stephanie
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-14T22:24:11Z
dc.date.available2019-08-14T22:24:11Z
dc.date.submitted2019
dc.identifier.otherMorrison_washington_0250O_20214.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/43836
dc.descriptionThesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2019
dc.description.abstractEmpathy cultivates the social bonds that hold us together. Yet at a time of great need for mutual understanding, research has shown a decline in this critical capacity. This study explored the nature of adult visitors’ empathy in museums that focus on the history, culture, and art of a particular ethnic or cultural group. The researcher interviewed 60 visitors in three culturally-centered museums in Seattle, Washington. Results showed that the majority of study participants perceived feeling a high level of empathy during their visit. Study participants most frequently referenced a specific historical moment, person, or group in the description of the empathy they felt. Emotional responses were nuanced and varied – visitors reported positive, neutral, and negative sentiments. Study participants attributed a range of aspects from the museum experience to empathy elicitation, including: viewing specific objects and artifacts, interacting with the design of the physical space or exhibition, and absorbing particulars of historical information presented. Empathy was found to be deeply personal, derived from the visitor’s personal experiences and from their close relationships. These findings suggest that culturally-centered museums can and do foster empathy in their visitors.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.rightsnone
dc.subjectCulturally Specific Museums
dc.subjectEmpathy
dc.subjectSocial Sciences
dc.subjectMuseum studies
dc.subjectCultural resources management
dc.subject.otherMuseology
dc.titleIn Pursuit of Connection: Exploring Visitors' Empathy in Culturally-Centered Museums
dc.typeThesis
dc.embargo.termsOpen Access


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