Alex Haley interviewed for the Lion's Roar

Inside the World of VR Meditation

October 13, 2023

Congrats to Alex whose expertise on VR meditation is now becoming widely recognized in the computer science, cognitive science, and meditation communities. Alex was interviewed by Ross Nervig for the article, "Through the Digital Veil: Inside the World of VR Meditation", published in the magazine, Lion's Roar: Buddhist Wisdom for Our Time.

Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:

“VR is really good at two things,” says Alex Haley, a researcher at the Interactive Visualization Lab at the University of Minnesota. “It’s good at training, and it’s good at changing perspectives.

“There’s research to show how VR helps us understand people of different gender, race, age, and abilities. One study demonstrated that if I put you in front of a digital mirror with a different virtual body, you’ll start to respond as if that were your real body. Swapping bodies cultivates empathy and understanding in really cool ways.”

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