VR-Empathy research participation

Welcome! The fact that you're reading this quite likely means you are willing to play some virtual reality games in the name of science! Awesome! Let us start with some basic information.

The aim of the research is to gain better understanding on how different game mechanics influnce empathy in players. I'd love to tell you more, but unfortunatly I can't spoil too much before you finish playing the game.

We're looking for students between the ages of 18 and 28. If you are a student within this age group and if this concept appeals to you, or you simply feel like playing some narrative driven games in virtual reality, then this research is the perfect opportunity for you to help us out by playing.

If you're interested, here's a short teaser of early development world-interaction demo footage. It's not representative of the game you'll end up playing, but might give you some insight in what to expect!

Disclaimer (click to unfold)

Depictions of sensitive topics

The game depicts a scenario of VIOLENCE/ HARASSMENT. If you have had any bad experiences with harassment, and/or simply do not wish to be confronted with it, this game might be shocking to you. In order to not confront someone who doesn't want to with these topics, we urge you to only sign up if you are comfortable with playing a narrative-driven game in which these topics are adressed. We also expect anyone signing up to be at least 18 years of age.

By continuing to sign up for participation you therefore acknowledge that you're above 18 and are willingly going to play a game which depicts acts of violence and harassment.

If you happen to unexpectedly feel uncomfortable or unwell during the playing of the game you are completely free to terminate the sessions without any reprecussions. You will still get the beverage, and your data will be destroyed. We still wholeheartedly thank you for giving the game a shot!


Upon arrival, before playing the game, you are presented with a consent form in which you agree to us anonymously recording your answers to our questions post-playing. You are also optionally able to consent to us recording your gameplay and presenting it publicly. (e.g. for presentations, reports, publications).

By submitting this web-form you agree to us anonymously storing your answers. This form also request your email adress which will be stored for one week. This is required to contact you about the research.


Gameplay sessions on average take between 5 and 20 minutes. Followed by a few questions about your experiences and actions in the game taking roughly 10 minutes. This means that in total each sessions will take a maximum of 30 minutes. Some beverages will be available during the "debriefing" of 10 minutes. After the debriefing, if time allows it, you are free to stick around until the next session to discuss the game and/or research and gain answers any questions you may have.

The sessions take place in the TU/e Game Lab. Location: Atlas 9.119 - 9.121. You can find the Atlas building on the TU/e campus.

How to participate?

So now you have a bunch of information, but how the heck do you actually participate and play this thing? Fear not. It's pretty simple. Firstly you select when you're available:

Next up you fill in your email address.

Finally you fill in this 60 question long questionnaire! This questionnaire will give us a rough insight in how empathic you are. Read the questions carefully and answer them truthfully. It shouldn't take too long to answer them, and we promise that aftwerwards all the boring stuff will be over. Keep in mind there are no wrong answers and no trick questions.

  Strongly Agree Slightly Agree Slightly Disagree Strongly Disagree
1. I can easily tell if someone else wants to enter a conversation.
2. I prefer animals to humans.
3. I try to keep up with the current trends and fashions.
4. I find it difficult to explain to others things that I understand easily, when they don’t understand it the first time.
5. I dream most nights.
6. I really enjoy caring for other people.
7. I try to solve my own problems rather than discussing them with others.
8. I find it hard to know what to do in a social situation.
9. I am at my best first thing in the morning.
10. People often tell me that I went too far in driving my point home in a discussion.
11. It doesn’t bother me too much if I am late meeting a friend.
12. Friendships and relationships are just too difficult, so I tend not to bother with them.
13. I would never break a law, no matter how minor.
14. I often find it difficult to judge if something is rude or polite.
15. In a conversation, I tend to focus on my own thoughts rather than on what my listener might be thinking.
16. I prefer practical jokes to verbal humor.
17. I live life for today rather than the future.
18. When I was a child, I enjoyed cutting up worms to see what would happen.
19. I can pick up quickly if someone says one thing but means another.
20. I tend to have very strong opinions about morality.
21. It is hard for me to see why some things upset people so much.
22. I find it easy to put myself in somebody else’s shoes.
23. I think that good manners are the most important thing a parent can teach their child.
24. I like to do things on the spur of the moment.
25. I am good at predicting how someone will feel.
26. I am quick to spot when someone in a group is feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
27. If I say something that someone else is offended by, I think that that’s their problem, not mine.
28. If anyone asked me if I liked their haircut, I would reply truthfully, even if I didn’t like it.
29. I can’t always see why someone should have felt offended by a remark.
30. People often tell me that I am very unpredictable.
31. I enjoy being the center of attention at any social gathering.
32. Seeing people cry doesn’t really upset me.
33. I enjoy having discussions about politics.
34. I am very blunt, which some people take to be rudeness, even though this is unintentional.
35. I don’t find social situations confusing.
36. Other people tell me I am good at understanding how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
37. When I talk to people, I tend to talk about their experiences rather than my own.
38. It upsets me to see an animal in pain.
39. I am able to make decisions without being influenced by people’s feelings.
40. I can’t relax until I have done everything I had planned to do that day.
41. I can easily tell if someone else is interested or bored with what I am saying.
42. I get upset if I see people suffering on news programs.
43. Friends usually talk to me about their problems as they say that I am very understanding.
44. I can sense if I am intruding, even if the other person doesn’t tell me.
45. I often start new hobbies, but quickly become bored with them and move on to something else.
46. People sometimes tell me that I have gone too far with teasing.
47. I would be too nervous to go on a big rollercoaster.
48. Other people often say that I am insensitive, though I don’t always see why.
49. If I see a stranger in a group, I think that it is up to them to make an effort to join in.
50. I usually stay emotionally detached when watching a film.
51. I like to be very organized in day-to-day life and often makes lists of the chores I have to do.
52. I can tune into how someone else feels rapidly and intuitively.
53. I don’t like to take risks.
54. I can easily work out what another person might want to talk about.
55. I can tell if someone is masking their true emotion.
56. Before making a decision, I always weigh up the pros and cons.
57. I don’t consciously work out the rules of social situations.
58. I am good at predicting what someone will do.
59. I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend’s problems.
60. I can usually appreciate the other person’s viewpoint, even if I don’t agree with it.

Congratulations! You made your way through the questions! Now all you'll have to do is submit your answers by clicking the button below and the appointment will be booked. We look forward to seeing you on your selected time! If you are unable to make it, please do let us know via email (k.k.voeten@student.tue.nl) or phone (+31 6 39194831).