The Future of Empathy: A Psychology Professor on How Immersive Stories Could Help Spark a More Empathetic World

Are we losing our ability to understand each other? To be sensitive to the experiences of those who are different from us? Concerns about the decline of empathy and the rise of division have built over recent years — and at the heart of this global discussion is the role of media. But while some point to new forms of media — particularly social media — as accelerators of empathy decline, recent research is unveiling that some media may, in fact, boost empathy. In “The Future of Empathy,” Dr. Mar will share how social scientists measure empathy and track its shifts. He’ll discuss why engaging with immersive stories may help foster empathy. The full promise of immersive narratives could be to create a world that’s more empathetic than ever. What might that world look like?