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Extended Reality (XR) for Rational Compassion
With the growth in development and adoption of extended reality (XR) technologies (e.g., virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR)), we explore how we can use such technologies for good, specifically for the context of rational compassion. We believe that using XR for nurturing a person's compassion, and a subsequent curiosity to learn about the well-being of others, can encourage prosocial behaviours towards others and more abstract entities (e.g., climate). Given its immersive nature and the interesting interactions possible in XR, this work looks to understand how these technologies' unique characteristics can be used to explore various concepts (e.g., embodiment, perspective taking, reflection) while avoiding potential negative effects (e.g., empathic distress and fatigue).
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