In a dusty, brightly-lit street in a favela named Gereba outside of Fortaleza, Brazil, a woman turns to you.
"I raised eight children without a home, food, clothes and shoes.
One out of every six people who saw it donated - twice the normal number.
In 2014, Portuguese researchers compared the emotional response of volunteers viewing an image in a virtual reality environment to those viewing it on a computer screen.
Mayank Mehta, a professor of physics, neurology and neurobiology at UCLA, performed experiments on mice running on a treadmill with tiny VR glasses and monitored their neural activity.
While it may feel implausible that you'll be able to plop a VR helmet on your racist uncle and see his bigotry dissolve in real-time, the power that virtual worlds hold for tackling prejudice has been documented again and again.