Safety+Health March 2020

Jeremy Bailenson, Virtual Human Interaction Lab’s founding director, writes in his 2018 book “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do” that some visitors gasp during these types of VR experiences. Others laugh, cry out in fear, throw out their hands to protect themselves, crawl on the ground or look around in wonder.

Why Can VR Work

“What makes VR different from using a computer is that you move your body naturally, as opposed to using a mouse and a keyboard. Hence, learners can leverage what psychologists call embodied cognition,” Bailenson writes.

This immersive experience can lead to better memory retention, according to the results of a 2018 study published in the journal Virtual Reality.

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