Could VR make us more human?

January 05, 2018

We commonly understand that our experiences ultimately shape the people we become – basic learning theory, right? But that notion of experience is really turned on its head by Simon Fraser University researcher Bernhard Riecke. The School of Interactive Arts and Technology professor recently gave a talk at TEDxEastVan titled “Could Virtual Reality Make Us More Human?

The talk centered largely around the accessibility of immersive environments and how virtual reality can provide an exceptional opportunity for transformative experiences. Riecke challenges normative notions of reality with the use of multi-sensory media. He asserts that virtual reality can foster meaningful and even pivotal experiences that can lead to emotional shifts that may not otherwise be experienced.

For more information take a look at Bernhard's work at or watch the talk below.