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The relationship between human factors and presence experienced in Virtual Environments (VEs)

Schniering, A.A. (2016) The relationship between human factors and presence experienced in Virtual Environments (VEs).

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Abstract:This study examined the psychological mechanisms that are at work when people interact with Virtual Reality (VR) devices. Thereby the psychological construct of presence, which comprises the sense of being present in a Virtual Environment (VE), was of particular interest. Earlier research has shown that presence might be related to several human factors, among which the factors age, openness, introversion, empathy and computer experience are the most relevant. The aim of this study was thus to detect the human factors that act as predictors of presence. This was done by exposing people to a VE with a Google Cardboard. In the process the five human factors and the construct of presence were quantified with questionnaires. The obtained data were then analysed with a multiple regression analysis. The results of this analysis revealed that the factors age, introversion and empathy were not related to presence, while the factor openness showed a negative and the factor computer experience a positive association with presence. Despite some research limitations, this study laid the foundation for further research. Such research could then generate additional knowledge about the topic, which could have valuable implications for the development of new VR-technologies.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:54 computer science, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69832
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