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