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The Effect of a Virtual Reality Intervention on Evoking Positive Emotions and the Mediating Role of Presence

Deiters, J. (2016) The Effect of a Virtual Reality Intervention on Evoking Positive Emotions and the Mediating Role of Presence.

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Abstract:Positive Psychology and Technology have been combined into the paradigm Positive Technology, concerned with the use of technology to promote positive emotions. One approach that could be used in this domain is Virtual Reality (VR). In this study, the effect of a Virtual Reality Intervention (VRI) on evoking positive emotions is investigated. Furthermore, participants feeling of being present in the VR was assessed, because presence seems to play a major role in the inducement of emotions through VR. Eighty participants took part who were randomly distributed to an experimental and a control condition. The emotional state of the experimental group, which has been exposed to a relaxing virtual beach environment, was compared to the emotional state of the control condition, which has received a guided meditation without any VR. Results showed that there was no difference in the emotional state between the two conditions, indicating that the VRI was not more successful in inducing positive emotions than the Guided Meditation. Presence could not be identified as mediating the relationship between the VRI and the emotional state of the participants. Based on these results it is important to further research the relation between VRI, presence and the inducement of positive emotions.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69941
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