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How does motion affect our spatial ability in Virtual Reality settings? Study 2 (1 hour)

How are spatial abilities affected by Virtual Reality environments?
This experiment investigates the effect of VR environments on spatial abilities, measured by a Wii Balance Board.

As a participant, you will be required to attend one sixty-minute session. You will be fitted with a Virtual Reality (VR) headset, as well as three small electrodes on the side of your head and neck. These electrodes are safe and do not cause pain. In the session, you will explore VR environments while we assess your spatial ability.

It has been found that the VR headset may cause low levels of nausea, but this will disappear once the headset is removed and you have finished the experiment. Your level of motion sickness will be monitored throughout the experiment. We ask that participants do not eat within two hours of attending the study.

We are looking for participants who do not have extensive experience with VR technology (i.e. have used VR no more than 10 times previously). Those who have used VR more than 10 times, who have a medical condition that affects postural stability or increases the risk of nausea, as well as those who are pregnant, are asked not to sign up. This includes those with epilepsy, pacemakers, and pre-existing binocular visual abnormalities. Those who are experiencing inner ear infections and migraines at the time of signing up are also asked not to take part. Ethics approval #2017/971 


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are fluent in English
  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Have not participated in the previous study "How does motion affect our spatial ability in VR settings? (1 Hour Study)" at the School of Psychology
  • Do not have extensive experience with VR (i.e.: used VR < 10 times previously)
  • Have no medical conditions affecting postural stability or increasing the risk of nausea
  • Are not pregnant 
  • Have no diagnosis of epilepsy
  • Do not have a pacemaker
  • Have no known binocular visual abnormalities 

How to participate

We are current running two studies on spatial ability in VR. To participate in the present study, please email the study facilitator and quote the title "How does motion affect our spatial ability in Virtual Reality settings? Study 2 (1 hour)."