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How does online learning in VR affect memory?

This experiment investigates online learning in Virtual Reality (VR), specifically whether memory differs when VR is experienced in pairs or groups. Ability to recall aspects of the VR experience will be assessed and self-report measures of a non-personal nature collected. The equipment used is safe, non-invasive and does not cause discomfort.

As a participant, you will be required to attend one sixty-minute session, conducted online via Zoom from a location of your choosing. Prior to the session you will be sent a smartphone VR headset, which you can keep after completing the study. Before the session, you can only use the headset ONCE to check it works properly.

If you later decide not to attend the Zoom, you will be expected to return the VR headset in undamaged condition (postage provided). 

Eligibility

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

  • have NOT used VR more than 10 times
  • are not pregant
  • do not have epilepsy, a pacemaker or pre-existing binocular visual abnormalities (e.g. Amblyopia ‘lazy eye’, Strabismus ‘double vision’)
  • are not experiencing inner ear infections and migraines at the time of testing 
  • do not eat the hour before attending the session
  • have a smartphone with a screen size between 4.1 and 6.1 inches (10.4cm – 15.2cm), measured diagonally from the bottom left to the top right corner (note: iPhones 6 – 8 Plus, X, and 11 fit, but Pro Max does not) 
  • have the latest version of the YouTube application installed on the device.

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please complete this online form.

For additional information, please email: psychology.vr@sydney.edu.au