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Art Immersion in the Neuroscience of Empathy

Congratulations to all six finalists recognized at the fourth annual Art of Kindness, celebrated on November 10, 2022.

Center for BrainHealth

Center for BrainHealth®, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, hosted the fourth annual Art of Kindness with returning sponsor Bank of Texas. The popular student art competition was conducted in collaboration with UTD’s School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology on November 10, and in celebration of World Kindness Day.More than 100 students submitted artwork exploring how science can inspire self-expression and empathy. At the event, six finalists spoke eloquently about how their pieces correlate with empathy, kindness and neuroscience. The three judges were Owen Devlin from The Beneficent Company and HERO; Roger Gault, former BrainHealth Advisory Board chair and member of the Limitless BrainHealth Campaign Leadership; and Richard Grant from Bank of Texas.


“We are so immensely grateful to Bank of Texas for their steadfast support of this event. They’ve been incredible partners for the past few years, and we can hardly wait to see how much our joint impact grows.” – Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, chief director of Center for BrainHealth
After the judges’ tally, Sarah Vu won first place with her piece The Creation of Relationships, and Isabella Viggiano won the People’s Choice Award with her piece Expansion of Compassion. Other finalists included Kaden Ho with his piece Frankenstein, Brook Hudy with her piece A Heart is a Heavy Burden, Madelyn Mauceli with her piece Tingles of Alternate, and Joshua Prushing with his piece Space Boy.


“I was inspired and impressed by the unique ways the artists incorporated the neuroscience of kindness into their artwork and how they also applied what they learned to their own lives.” – Julie Fratantoni, PhD, BrainHealth research scientist and event host
CONTACT Stephanie Hoefken 972.883.3221 stephanie.hoefken@utdallas.eduABOUT CENTER FOR BRAINHEALTH Center for BrainHealth®, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, is a translational research institute committed to enhancing, preserving, and restoring brain health across the lifespan. Major research areas include the use of functional and structural neuroimaging techniques to better understand the neurobiology supporting cognition and emotion in health and disease. This leading-edge scientific exploration is translated quickly into practical innovations to improve how people think, work and live, empowering people of all ages to unlock their brain potential. Translational innovations build on Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Tactics (SMART™), a proprietary methodology developed and tested by BrainHealth researchers and other teams over three decades.

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

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