Embodied Labs Sees Virtual Reality as The Ultimate Tool for Empathy


Using VR tech, narrative filmmaking, and empathy-focused curriculum, the startup aims to create a tool for teaching medical students patient-centered care. Because, for at least seven minutes, the doctor can actually be the patient. In this case, Alfred (pictured above).

It’s a radical exercise in empathy that hasn’t been possible, until now.

Though Embodied Labs is beginning with a film that depicts the experience of a geriatric patient (the need for quality geriatric careis rapidly increasing as baby boomers age), they anticipate their VR tech and empathy-focused education could help people better understand a host of medical conditions and multicultural experiences.



Going beyond the feelings of physical impairment was key to address the different ways that people feel empathy.