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Empathy - Advanced Research and Applications

Sara Ventura

University of Valencia

Passionate researcher in the application of new technologies to psychological treatments, neuro-rehabilitation, human behavior, and the evolution of the human-computer interaction. In 2017 Dr. Ventura won a competitive grant (Santiago Grisolia) at the University of Valencia at LABPSITEC group, where she was awarded her Ph.D. degree, supervised by Prof. Rosa Baños at the University of Valencia, and co-directed by Prof. Giuseppe Riva of the Catholic University of Milan.


Theoretical Model Skill Perspective Taking Training Programs Practical Implications Advanced Research Future Directions Virtual Reality Augmented Reality New Trends Assistive Technology

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Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feeling of others - is a vital skill for social functioning since it participates in the quality of life. Empathy contributes to the interpersonal social life satisfaction between us, and the people who we care about. It improves the relationship between caregivers and care recipients, helps to avoid aggressive and unpleasant situations with others, and promotes prosocial behaviors. Due to its key role in society, clinicians, neuropsychologists, and scientific researchers have investigated the variables involved, the original methods and procedures to elicit it, and the practical implications.
The present book intends to provide to the reader a comprehensive overview of the state of art in empathy studies, embracing the different theoretical points of view and illustrating the advanced research such as the application of new technologies to promote perspective-taking. The critical aspects and the future directions of the study on empathy will also be presented.

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Sara Ventura

University of Valencia

Sara Ventura gained a B.Sc in Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy) in 2013 and an M.Sc. in Ergonomic Psychology at the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) in 2015. In 2016, she carried out a postgraduate training at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (Mexico) at the Ciberpsychology lab, working on a rehabilitation protocol for people with acquired brain injury through Virtual Reality. In 2020, Sara gained the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at University of Valencia (Spain) working with the LabPsitec group and focusing her research on the study of embodiment and empathy with the support of Virtual Reality. Actually, she is working both with Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (Italy), and the University of Valencia (Spain) on the fields of embodiment, stroke rehabilitation, empathy and patient care. Her research interests mainly focus on the adoption of new technologies, particularly Virtual/Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence for the psycho-social wellbeing with clinical and non-clinical populations, the study of human-computer interaction, and the user experience. She is the author of several scientific papers and various presentations at national and international conferences.

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