Ongoing violent conflicts around the world remain one of the greatest challenges and threats to humanity. Alongside the political path to peacebuilding, the scientific community has embarked on the challenge of counteracting the causes of violent conflicts. Social psychologists have developed interventions that aim to overcome the psychological barriers that prevent a peaceful resolution of conflicts. However, these psychological interventions have only limited success.
Could XR technologies be used as an alternative and perhaps more powerful method for conflict resolution and peacebuilding?
After introducing the psychology of intergroup conflict, Dr. Hasler Lev-Tov presented recent studies conducted in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that demonstrate the potential of virtual reality to enhance peace promoting attitudes and emotions.
Béatrice Hasler Lev-Tov (PhD, University of Zurich) is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the newly founded Virtual Reality Lab for Conflict Research (VR-CORE) at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel.
She specializes in the psychology of virtual reality and its social applications, with a particular focus on intercultural and intergroup relations. She uses VR to study human behavior and decision making in interpersonal and intergroup conflicts, and explores the potential of VR as a new method for conflict resolution.
She publishes her work in multi-disciplinary academic journals, including New Media & Society, PLOS ONE, Cyberpsychology, Computers in Human Behavior, Frontiers in Psychology, AI & Society, etc.
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