XR for Peace – The Potential of Immersive Psychological Interventions for Conflict Resolution
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 a brief introduction to the psychology of intergroup conflict, I will present examples of our 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.