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How does motion affect our spatial ability in VR settings? ? (1 Hour Study)

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 VR headset and 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. You will be compensated for your time.

Ethics approval number: 2017/971


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

  • English fluency
  • No extensive experience with VR (i.e used VR < 10 times previously)
  • No medical conditions affecting postural stability or increasing the risk of nausea
  • Not pregnant
  • No diagnosis of epilepsy
  • No pacemakers
  • No known binocular visual abnormalities 


How to participate

Please register your interest by email here and cite the study title: " How does motion affect our spatial ability in VR settings? (1 Hour Study)"