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Virtual reality can boost empathy

Virtual reality can boost empathy

Science
Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Virtual reality could be used to boost empathy, new research suggests. The tool could be used to encourage tolerance and acceptance of marginalized groups. Empathy is the ability to understand and relate to other perspectives, thoughts and emotions of others. Studies show higher levels of empathy are linked with altruistic behavior. For research purposes, behavioral psychologists sometimes encourage empathy by asking study participants to adopt the prospect of other people. For the new study, researchers at Stanford University used virtual reality to induce empathy. Scientists hypothesized virtual reality would enhance the empathy-boosting effects of perspective-taking tasks. For their experiment, researchers recruited 500 participants to learn about homelessness. Differ...
Iran facing tough new sanctions reality

Iran facing tough new sanctions reality

Business
Aug. 6 (UPI) -- With new U.S. sanctions on Iran taking effect Monday, the U.S. secretary of state said it would take immense changes from Tehran to avoid further pressure. Iran under the new sanctions is barred from purchasing or acquiring U.S. dollars and limited in what it can do with its own currency, the rial, outside of Iranian territory, making it exceptionally difficult for Tehran to conduct business. With its oil customers already backing away ahead of the next round of sanctions in November, Iran is facing difficult economic challenges. The sanctions clock started ticking in May when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the multilateral agreement that eased sanctions pressure on the third-largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in exchange for c...
Trade war a reality, French finance minister warns

Trade war a reality, French finance minister warns

Business
A trade war is now a reality, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned as G20 ministers gather for a summit in Argentina. The current US trade policy of imposing unilateral tariffs is based on "the law of the jungle", he said. But US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the tariffs and urged the EU and China to open their markets to allow free competition.Last week, US President Donald Trump described the EU as a "foe" on trade.Mr Trump later threatened to impose tariffs on all $ 500bn (£380bn) of Chinese goods entering the US in a growing trade row.The US has large trade deficits with both the 28-member EU and China.The two-day talks in Buenos Aires bring together finance ministers and central bankers of th...
'Virtual reality cured my fear of heights'

'Virtual reality cured my fear of heights'

Health
Fay Nugent developed a fear of heights in her 30s. "It began after I went on a girls' weekend away," she says."We had gone on an adventure activity called a tree-top walk. "I managed to climb up to do it - but then when it came to stepping out on to the high ropes, I just couldn't do it. "I felt physically ill and panicked, even though I knew I was perfectly safe."Her phobia got worse over the next few years, to the point that it stopped her doing everyday things. "I went to a concert at Wembley to see Take That," she says."It's a massive venue and our seats were at the back, high up. "I tried to go up there to take my seat - but all of a sudden I had this feeling of utter panic. "It was a bit like in the cartoons when the charac...