New Publication: Virtually Old: Embodied perspective taking and the reduction of ageism under threat

Can we leverage the power of immersive perspective taking to reduce bias against the elderly? In collaboration with Soo Youn Oh and Jeremy Bailenson of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Erika Weisz and Jamil Zaki examined the efficacy of different perspective-taking modalities–including perspective taking in a virtual environment–to improve attitudes toward older adults. They found that perspective taking through virtual reality increases feelings of connectedness and desire to interact with older adults when participants perceived the elderly as a threatening outgroup. These findings suggest that virtual reality-based perspective taking can improve attitudes toward outgroup members even in the presence of intergroup threat. For a complete list of SSNL publications, click here.