Video Games and their Correlation to Empathy: How to teach and experience empathic emotion

Ossy Dwi Endah Wulansari, Johanna Pirker, Johannes Kopf, Christian Gütl

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Abstract

This article focuses on how video games may trigger empathy. On the one hand, globalization and our fast-changing, globalized
world have resulted in an empathy deficit, a situation that calls desperately for a new approach to tackle the empathy issue. On the other
hand, recent statistical data has shown that players in some countries
today spend on average more than 4 hours weekly playing games. Most
past research has found that playing violent games decreases pro-social
behavior. However, only a few studies investigate the effects of neutral
or pro-social video games. Our study aims to identify several characteristics of four games that seem to promote positive moral and empathy
and involves 30 subjects. Specifically, we look into the effects of variation
of number of interventions and the correlation with perceived presence
and immersion. The research reported in this paper covers background
and related work on empathy research, existing work on video games for
experiencing empathy and the layout of the study. The findings of this
initial study on four pro-social games suggest that sufficient story-line
of video games can positively impacts aspects such as the ’perspective
taking’ of players. Findings also indicate that multiple interventions and
higher perceived immersion dent to increase the level of empathy. This
research may contribute to supporting the promotion and development
of the ’games for good’ or ’games for change’ campaign.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICL 2019 - The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education
PublisherSpringer
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Endah Wulansari, O. D., Pirker, J., Kopf, J., & Gütl, C. (2019). Video Games and their Correlation to Empathy: How to teach and experience empathic emotion. In Proceedings of ICL 2019 - The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education Springer.

Video Games and their Correlation to Empathy : How to teach and experience empathic emotion. / Endah Wulansari, Ossy Dwi; Pirker, Johanna; Kopf, Johannes; Gütl, Christian.

Proceedings of ICL 2019 - The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education. Springer, 2019.

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Endah Wulansari, OD, Pirker, J, Kopf, J & Gütl, C 2019, Video Games and their Correlation to Empathy: How to teach and experience empathic emotion. in Proceedings of ICL 2019 - The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education. Springer.
Endah Wulansari OD, Pirker J, Kopf J, Gütl C. Video Games and their Correlation to Empathy: How to teach and experience empathic emotion. In Proceedings of ICL 2019 - The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education. Springer. 2019
Endah Wulansari, Ossy Dwi ; Pirker, Johanna ; Kopf, Johannes ; Gütl, Christian. / Video Games and their Correlation to Empathy : How to teach and experience empathic emotion. Proceedings of ICL 2019 - The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education. Springer, 2019.
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