In the midst of conducting research on the topic of simulation and empathy, I came across Stanford University’s Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience. This immersive virtual reality experience engages the participant in better understanding some of the challenges and choices one is confronted with when addressing unemployment, eviction, and finding a safe shelter. What moved me most were the narratives and voices of my surrounding bus riders.
For those who don’t have a VR headset, watch the video posted above to get a sense of “Becoming Homeless” via desktop.
To learn more, listen to the podcast ‘Becoming Homeless’: Stanford’s Empathy Experiment in Embodied Perspective-Taking and check out Building long-term empathy: A large-scale comparison of traditional and virtual reality perspective-taking (2018) by Fernanda Herrera, Jeremy Bailenson, Erika Weisz, Elise Ogle, & Jamil Zaki.
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