Avatars can improve self-compassion

PsychCentral

A new UK study discovers self-compassion can be learned and enhanced by using avatars in an immersive virtual reality environment.

Researchers believe this inventive approach can help to reduce self-criticism and increase self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. Investigators believe the approach could be applied to treat a range of clinical conditions including depression.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 836707