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Virtual Reality and Depth of Empathy
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, University of Texas at Austin, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-31-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

We live in a world filled with social and cultural issues Divisive issues in the US right now relate to policies about travel bans targeted at immigrants and funding border walls It is hard to understand people who are different from us, and it is easy to make assumptions about peoples and cultures that seem foreign It can be convenient to turn the other way when confronted with other’s tragedies What if there was a technology that could better help us reach a deeper empathy for fellow human beings, that offered us a chance to walk in another person’s shoes? What if we could experience the reality of another person’s life instead of jumping to dangerous conclusions that could be dehumanizing? Is it possible to measure empathy, and if so, how? Is it a feeling that we report, or does true, deep empathy always lead to action? In this paper I will examine the meaning of empathy, how empathy can be measured, and if there is a connection between empathy and virtual reality technology

Citation

Myers, R. (2017). Virtual Reality and Depth of Empathy. In J. Dron & S. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 723-728). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 12, 2022 from .

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