Richard started by asking the audience whether it was ethical to strangle a teddy bear. This then linked to the Stanley Milgram experiment which shows that two thirds of the population can be persuaded to carry out atrocious acts at the behest of authority.
Richard gave a lively talk, interjected with several videos, explaining how virtual reality has been adopted to research the ‘bystander effect’ and ‘social grouping’. This focussed around when people would intervene when witnessing an aggressive situation, and how they are less likely to when there are more bystanders.
It was a very thought provoking session (and the teddy survived)!