Today’s 360 VR Buzz: Researchers Build VR Autism Experience To Build Empathy

This was a very interesting BUZZ that I found today and wanted to share with you.

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Researchers from the University of Malta are working to replicate the experience of being an autistic child in VR, in an attempt to provide educators deeper understanding from a first-hand perspective.  Of course, as noted by one researcher on the project, Dr. Vanessa Camilleri, there’s really no way to mimic every part of the experience with VR. That’s leaving alone the impossibility of trying to recreate the experience of the many expressions of autism across its spectrum. However, the goal here is not to help teachers learn to treat autistic students differently. Instead, it is to use the technology to provide a small taste of the experience in order to assist with the development of empathy. To accomplish that, the application places educators in the shoes of a simulated autistic child in a school environment. In the VR app, environmental stimuli don’t always come through clearly and a sense of distress is generated using visual effects.

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