Empathy is a crucial social skill that allows us to connect to and understand others and their emotions. Studying people's experiences with technology largely depends on our empathic understanding. However, for user groups with which we have less overlap in terms of lifeworlds, these presumed empathic understandings become unfounded presumptions.
This first event brought together Prof. Claus Lamm, who studies the biological bases of empathy, and Dr. Christopher Frauenberger, who produced smart objects together with autistic children. Christof Goetz closed our event with a short spotlight on his start-up, providing game-play Neurofeedback for autistic children.