A study at Stanford University is putting students on their hands and knees to see life through the eyes of a cow.
Researchers developed the virtual reality avatar to show the path cows take from green pastures to the slaughterhouse. While wearing a vest and goggles, the students are told about the weight they must gain before leaving the pasture.
University researcher Joshua Bostick says the study looks at the theory of empathy. Bostick was studying whether the students identify with the cow avatar during the exercise, and if their diets change as a result of it.
According to Bostick the results of the study showed some participants said the study made them think more about their dietary habits and where their food came from, others found the study interesting, but didn’t plan on changing their diet.