Avatars can improve self-compassion


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. EIT Health is supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.