Virtual Superpowers Could Make You Do Good In Real Life, Study Finds

By Sophie Bushwick
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You’re a bird! You’re a plane! You’re a superhero! Sort of. Because a study finds that experiencing superpowers in a virtual environment can turn you into a do-gooder in real life. The work is in the journal PloS ONE. [Robin S. Rosenberg, Shawnee L. Baughman and Jeremy N. Bailenson, Virtual Superheroes: Using Superpowers in Virtual Reality to Encourage Prosocial Behavior]

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