R3Digital produced a promotional video and several video case studies for this experiential tool to help HR professionals and student nurses in psychiatry develop appropriateĀ and confident soft skills in a safe environment. Somewhere Else chose the body-swapping VR format based on a body of research on virtual embodiment by the likes of Mel Slater’s EventLab and Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

The case study below was co-written with Dr. Sue Barker from Cardiff University and recreates a realistic interaction between a Community Mental Health Nurse and Susan, a patient with severe clinical depression. In this immersive role-play exercise, the user successively embodies the nurse and the patient to build empathy, practice adapting to a particular patient’s situation and develop self-awareness.