The felt Experience and Empathy Lab

The felt Experience & Empathy Lab has been established with funding from the ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship awarded to Scientia Professor Jill Bennett, Director of the Big Anxiety Research Centre at UNSW.

The lab brings together specialists in immersive media, participatory design, trauma studies and psychology to advance new methods in the study of embodied subjective experience – focusing in particular in the two areas of trauma and ageing.

fEEL has developed the field of psychosocial design, harnessing immersive technology to examine the nature of embodied experience and its dynamic relationship to social settings.

This approach supports the articulation of lived experience in relation to trauma, mental and emotional health, and dementia and ageing – in turn providing a robust knowledge base for the design of creative tools to support psychosocial wellbeing.