Virtual Reality Asks Tough Behavior and Anxiety Questions

virtual realityEver wonder what it was like to be the opposite sex? Ever wonder what it was like to be the opposite sex and abused? Virtual reality may be the key to engaging in such questions. BBC News reports:

Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.

A Spanish team has designed a trial that allows men to step inside the body of a woman subjected to violence.

Meanwhile scientists in London are simulating a controversial experiment from the 1960s in which people were persuaded to inflict pain on others.

The original experiments were condemned as immoral and too traumatic.

At Barcelona University, male volunteers have experienced life as a virtual young girl and then separately, witnessed violence towards her.

On returning to live the girl’s virtual life, the men empathized with her more than usual, feeling scared and insecure themselves.

“I want to know whether you can use virtual reality, not just to transform the place you are in, but also to transform your very self,” said Mel Slater, lead researcher at the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies.

“If you see yourself in a virtual body, which moves as you do, how will this affect your behaviour?”

Continues with video at BBC

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  • Connie Dobbs

    From playing with the bastards on xbox live, i can tell you that VR makes you even more psycho than you'd be in real life. Also, from driving immediately after playing a GTA marathon (several times), I should also advise you to stay off the sidewalk.

  • A Bad Joke

    I've often wondered what its like being a Woman, and I'm sure Women wonder what its like being a Man, but is this really how we do it?

    How about they do a flip side, Women partake in a simulation of a Man in combat?

    • Your Mom

      “How about they do a flip side, Women partake in a simulation of a Man in combat? “

      Good idea, but you're missing the point: to modern leftists ONLY WOMEN ARE OPPRESSED. Any evidence of female privilege is tossed down the memory hole.

      For example:

      Men die 7 years earlier than women, but women get more health funding. http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/96j

      In apples-to-apples comparisons of workplace wages (similar training, competence, and time on the job), women out-earn men in almost 100 high-paying professional careers, but somehow only women are victims of a workplace “gender gap” http://www.iwf.org/campus/show/18948.html

      Women commit more domestic violence than men (more hitting, slapping, shoving, use of weapons, etc), but there are basically no public resources for battered men. http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm

      And so on, and so on, and so on.

      Women can certainly be discriminated against; I don't dispute that fact for a moment. But the double standard is that discrimination against men is invisible.

  • Haystack

    This sound kinky.

  • Your Mom

    “How about they do a flip side, Women partake in a simulation of a Man in combat? ”

    Good idea, but you’re missing the point: to modern leftists ONLY WOMEN ARE OPPRESSED. Any evidence of female privilege is tossed down the memory hole.

    For example:

    Men die 7 years earlier than women, but women get more health funding. http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/96jun/cancer/kadar.htm

    In apples-to-apples comparisons of workplace wages (similar training, competence, and time on the job), women out-earn men in almost 100 high-paying professional careers, but somehow only women are victims of a workplace “gender gap” http://www.iwf.org/campus/show/18948.html

    Women commit more domestic violence than men (more hitting, slapping, shoving, use of weapons, etc), but there are basically no public resources for battered men. http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm

    And so on, and so on, and so on.

    Women can certainly be discriminated against; I don’t dispute that fact for a moment. But the double standard is that discrimination against men is invisible.

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