Is Seeing a Virtual Environment Like Seeing the Real Thing?

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Moura, D. and Bernhard R. "Is Seeing a Virtual Environment Like Seeing the Real Thing?" Proceedings of the 6th Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization (APGV '09). 2009. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 131-131.

Date created: 
2009
Keywords: 
Immersive virtual environments
Mental spatial representation
Spatial cognition
Abstract: 

Immersive virtual environments (IVE) are increasingly used in both fundamental research like experimental psychology and applications such as training, phobia therapy, or entertainment. Ideally, people should be able to perceive and behave in such IVEs as naturally and effectively as in real environments – especially if real-world transfer is desired. Being inherently mobile species, enabling natural spatial orientation and cognition in IVEs is essential. Here, we investigated whether seeing a virtual environment has a similar effect on our spatial cognition and mental spatial representation as a comparable real-world stimulus does – if it does not, how could we assume real-world transfer?

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English
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