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Virtual Reality Is Being Used To Teach Empathy


Vanessa Farrell, a program associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, tries out an empathy-aimed virtual reality experience. Elise Ogle, from Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, helped design the program. (Todd Bookman/WHYY)

Vanessa Farrell, a program associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, tries out an empathy-aimed virtual reality experience. Elise Ogle, from Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, helped design the program. (Todd Bookman/WHYY)

In Harper Lee’s classic novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Atticus Finch tells his young daughter Scout that you can’t really understand someone until you consider things from their point of view. Now, virtual reality is being used to teach empathy, and to change peoples’ perspectives. Todd Bookman from The Pulse at Here & Now contributor WHYY in Philadelphia reports.

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Todd Bookman, reporter, WHYY. He tweets @toddbookman.

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