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CBC’s The Current asks: can video games promote empathy? Mary Gordon contributes:

“Generally speaking what the games do is they help an individual take a different perspective and maybe take the perspective of whoever is in the video.”

Gordon says that beyond perspective, empathy includes the key component: emotion.

“It’s the feeling part of a person connecting directly face to face experientially with another person. And that’s why they say empathy develops in the first relationships in life.”

“This whole idea of empathy, we need to understand it is developed between people not between a person and a screen but between a person and a person.”

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