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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