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the effect of immersive 360° video on inducing a more critical perception of the participant's ingroup’s actions in the conflict

21 November, 2021
Prof. Eran Halperin

A new study by Dr. Yossi Hasson and Prof. Eran Halperin, in corporation with IDC Herzliya researchers conducted in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, examined the effect of immersive 360° video on inducing a more critical perception of the participant's ingroup’s actions in the conflict.

This same immersive experience filmed from the outgroup’s perspective led to the judgment of the ingroup actors’ behavior as less moral and less justified compared to watching the same scenario as a two-dimensional video. This effect was mediated through hostile emotions toward the ingroup actors, which in turn were influenced by an increased sense of presence and engagement in the immersive experience. These findings provide initial evidence for the still widely unexplored potential of virtual reality as a new method for conflict resolution.

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