Comparison of Virtual Environments using a Stressful Task

2012, David J. Zielinski Rachael Brady Kwanguk Kim, Ph. D., Zach Rosenthal

The 3D Kitchen is an interactive kitchen scene in which every object (drawers, dishes, food), can be picked up and moved in the world with realistic physics. The kitchen has been used as a basis for several cognitive psychology experiments. Most recently, researcher Kwanguk Kim conducted a “Comparison of Virtual Environments using a Stressful Task”. In this study, fifty-three participants were asked to perform a modified Stroop task to investigate the effects of different virtual environment technologies on emotional arousal and task performance. The participants were examined for their reaction to both low- and high-stress conditions in three virtual environment systems: a desktop system, head mounted display (HMD), and the DiVE. Results were measured based on self-reported emotional arousal and valence, skin conductance, task performance, presence, and simulator sickness. The researchers found that the DiVE, the one fully immersive system, induced the highest sense of presence, while the HMD system elicited the highest amount of simulator sickness.

Comparison of Desktop, Head Mounted Display, and Six Wall Fully Immersive Systems using a Stressful Task 2012 Presented as a Poster at the IEEE VR 2012 Conference, March 4th-8th. Orange Country, CA. Published in the conference proceedings: p143-144