Virtual reality room which improves mood to be used in suicide prevention initiative in Brisbane. UNSW Sydney. A team of researchers from the Black Dog Institute

How might virtual reality be used to improve empathy?

There is actually a project called “Project Empathy”. It’s a collection of VR experiences that help people see the world through the eyes of another. Each film is designed to create empathy through a first-person experience–from being a child inside the U.S. prison system to being a widow cast away from society in India. Individually, each of the films in this series presents its filmmaker’s unique vision, portraying an intimate experience through the eyes of someone whose story has been lost or overlooked and yet is integral to the larger story of our global society. Collectively, these creatively distinct films weave together a colorful tapestry of what it means to be human today.