Archives for January 2017

January 14, 2017 - No Comments!

Being a superhero in VR makes you a better person

VR psychology

Virtual Reality (VR) as a technology is unique in its integration and connection with the person under the headset. VR technology works through using and creating what is termed ‘immersion’ and ‘presence’. In short, these transport the mind and sense of self to wherever and whatever the VR story tells. This psychological bridge is an area of study that interests many different types of psychologists, from cognitive to behavioural and sociological.

What are the positive and negative effects of VR on real world behaviour?

VR has been proven to have a positive effect on a person’s real world self, from saving more trees to saving for their future. It sounds like an amazing new technology, but we must heed the warnings. Worryingly, it can also make people meaner and possibly more violent.

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January 12, 2017 - No Comments!

Your brain on virtual reality

VR psychology

The psychology of virtual reality.

The buzz around Virtual Reality, VR, is everywhere. The technological advances are starting to make scenarios reserved for sci-fi a reality. Spanning the likes of The Matrix’s fully immersive worlds, Star Trek’s holodeck and Minority Report’s personalised and targeted advertising.
Described by Forbes as ‘technology's next big wave’1, Google, Facebook and now Apple are investing heavily in the sector. With Google’s cardboard VR simulators and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift last year, VR devices are starting to make their way into our homes and classrooms2. Undoubtedly, it’s an exciting field.

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