Stanford’s Walter Greenleaf Joins Startup to Build VR for HR Simulations, Soft Skills Development

Walter Greenleaf, PhD, a research scientist and Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab Scholar, will join the board of advisors for Mursion, developer of popular VR solutions used by employers to build human skills and address workplace bias

Mursion, developer of popular VR solution used to improve soft skills and address workplace bias by major employers, including Coca Cola and Best Western, announced the addition on Dr. Walter Greenleaf as its latest advisor. With over three decades of research and development experience in the field of medical virtual reality technology, Dr. Greenleaf is considered an expert in the research and application of VR to change human behavior.

“Walter’s pioneering application of VR across a range of settings gives him a unique perspective on where virtual reality has been and is headed,” said Mark Atkinson, CEO of Mursion. “His belief that VR has the potential to drastically change the way people experience therapy and treatment for addiction is tightly coupled with our mission — and impact.”

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Mursion harnesses the power of virtual reality, artificial intelligence and human interaction to help people strengthen interpersonal skills such as problem solving and empathy. Major employers use Mursion to create simulations that enable workers to practice difficult conversations in a safe space, addressing a number of corporate challenges, including workplace bias and improving customer interactions.

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Dr. Greenleaf is currently the Director of Technology Strategy at the University of Colorado National Mental Health Innovation Center, and a member of the Board of Directors for Brainstorm: The Stanford Laboratory for Brain Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship. On Mursion’s board, he joins colleague Jeremy Bailenson, who is the founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, as well as Alex “Sandy” Pentland, who directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics Lab. Other board members include Dr. William Follette, a psychology professor at the University of Nevada Reno, Scott Compton, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, and Chris Dede, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

“The most powerful way to change behavior is through practice and simulation,” said Dr. Greenleaf.  “Mursion is demonstrating the potential of that approach at unprecedented scale, and with profound and far reaching results.”

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