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Title: Facilitating empathy through virtual reality
Contributor(s): Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid ; Stilinovic, Emma (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1007/s11031-017-9641-7
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Abstract: This research experimentally investigated whether virtual reality experience can prompt greater empathy and whether greater engagement with a virtual reality connects this virtual reality experience to empathy. Randomly assigned participants viewed a documentary featuring a young girl living in a refugee camp either in a virtual reality format or in a control two-dimensional format. Results indicated that the virtual reality experience resulted in greater engagement and a higher level of empathy for the refugee girl compared to the control condition. Greater engagement was a process connecting the virtual reality experience to empathy. Virtual reality has the potential to influence interpersonal emotions such as empathy.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Motivation and Emotion, 41(6), p. 708-712
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1573-6644
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
520304 Health psychology
520503 Personality and individual differences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200305 Mental health services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Psychology

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