Our goal is to increase empathy for people that are colorblind and work towards positive social change by creating an educational virtual reality (VR) game. In our VR game, there are multiple mini-game scenarios in which the player must complete an everyday task as someone who is colorblind, such as distinguishing between traffic light colors and cooking food. To test if the game had an effect on its players, a survey was conducted before and after they played the game. The survey consisted of various questions to gauge participants’ empathy towards others. Our desired outcome was to see that participants’ empathy levels toward colorblind individuals increased after playing. Looking forward, we plan to continue testing and gathering data to analyze whether this game successfully increased empathy. Furthermore, this approach can be applied to increase empathy for other disabilities as well.
Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) students Heather Andrini, Ashley Okhovat, and Sydni Au Hoy (l. to r. above) have been awarded the 2021 Kevin and Tam Ross Undergraduate Research Prize hosted by The Leatherby Libraries. Heather, Ashley, and Sydni started working on their project, “Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures Disorder: Treatment after the Diagnostic Odyssey” as the focus of
We are pleased to announce our 2nd annual Chapman University Grand Challenges Initiative Outstanding Research Publication Award by a Grand Challenges Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow. The award is supported by alumni of the Grand Challenges Initiative Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellows Program. The selection committee, which included Drs. Doug Dechow (chair), Carter Berry (’20), & Cristiano Duarte (’20), evaluated