Virtual Reality as a Strategy for Empathy Building: A Journey Through the Lens of Another

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is still in early development as a strategy in reducing implicit bias. Drawing on the theoretical framework of perspective-taking. We use empathy as a support to explain the influence virtual reality has on implicit racial bias and the implications for adult learners.

Project

Virtual Reality
Adult Students
Virtual Reality Goggles
Classmates in Library
Laptop Typing
High School Exterior
Physiotherapists Training
Pile Of Books
Community Service
Empty Classroom

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Mounting evidence suggests a strong efficacy in virtual reality's ability to elicit empathy and reduce implicit bias. VR is currently used by physicians VR can increase awareness of walking in another's shoes and provide a better understanding of marginalized populations. A 2018 research study by Stanford University indicated that between a virtual reality experience and a narrative of the simulation, virtual reality leads to increased pro-social behavior. As technology grows at an exponential rate, new advances in applications for adult transformative learning are created every day.

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