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Tuesday, June 18 • 11:45am - 12:05pm
Beyond the Empathy Games 101: Digging Deep into Empathy, Ethics, and Design

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Games which provide players the opportunity to experience profound and deeply emotional experiences are often labeled as “empathy games.” While the goal of crafting these kinds of experiences is frequently to evoke feelings of connection, there remains significant moral and ethical considerations. Is asking someone to experience another person’s trauma permissible in the name of empathy? How are we thinking about the ethics around creating immersive, potentially traumatic experiences? This talk will delve into the psychological construct of empathy, discuss how empathy maps to the design process, and share core questions to consider when designing in the name of empathy.

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Kelli Dunlap

Director of Mental Health Research and Design, iThrive Games
Kelli Dunlap, PsyD is the director of mental health research and design at iThrive Games. As a psychologist and game designer, she leads on the design and implementation of the organization’s mental health initiatives including conducting research, publishing academic articles... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:05pm
Room 105