Daniel Pimentel, School of Journalism and Communication

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Daniel Pimentel

Assistant Professor of Immersive Media Psychology
Practice Areas: Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), Spatial Computing

Faculty bio

Daniel Pimentel is an academic expert in spatial computing and extended-reality (XR) media platforms: virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). His research examines how XR experiences can encourage prosocial and pro-environmental outcomes across various contexts like education, climate action, and biodiversity conservation. Danny is also a Fellow at Yale’s Program on Climate Change Communication. As an XR developer, his work has been supported by organizations like Meta, Snapchat, and National Geographic, among others.

Recent Media:
The Weekend’s avatar can be as good as the real thing (Bloomberg, December 12, 2023)
Sustainable fashion is a farce without virtual try-ons (Bloomberg, November 18, 2023) 
In ‘Project Shell,’ VR headset gives people a turtle’s-eye view of the ocean (DeeperBlue, June 28, 2022)
Virtual reality boosts students’ empathy for nature (Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2022)