This is a translation of the article originally wrote in Russian (by Ania Khazina) for Theory&Practice magazine, where it has been published on April 18, 2018

Virtual reality can serve as a tool to study and expand the capacity of the brain, or as a means to fight against discrimination and prejudice in society by better understanding others. For Theory and Practice I chose 11 projects that use VR for social issues and asked Naomi Roth, VR researcher and journalist, to evaluate them to explain why we need to try on another bodies, experience lives of a prisoner or a homeless person, see the world through the eyes of a frog or turn into a tree.

Another body

Psychologists and neuroscientists are still arguing about what mechanisms are responsible for recognizing themselves and their own bodies. For the last couple of decades this issue has been extensively explored using VR, due to this technology’s extraordinary capacity to effectively “separate” consciousness from the body. VR has been successfully used in medicine (for treatment of burn patients and rehabilitation of stroke patients, PTSD therapy, etc.), which also points to the fact that our brain…

We’re happy to live in a time of a great transformation of the society (western, at least), where voices of both men and women start to reach a balance. Still, gender equality is one of the most debated topics in the world today. Some people don’t see the need to change the current state of things and consider feminism too radical, and some think that we still have a lot to do in order to defeat female subordination. …

Ania Khazina

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