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The Influence of Virtual Environments on the Experience of Awe

Erlich, J. (2024) The Influence of Virtual Environments on the Experience of Awe.

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Abstract:Awe is a complex emotion accompanying positive benefits for well-being. There has been a notable increase in attention towards the exploration of this ambiguous emotion and its underlying concepts. Specifically, researchers have shown interest in replicating profound experiences of awe within controlled laboratory settings. It has been suggested that employing virtual reality (VR) may be a practicable method for eliciting awe, nevertheless inducing awe in a controlled experimental context remains a key challenge. In this study, a between-subject design was used including 40 participants to execute a VR study containing three different awe-inducing environments, which were a natural, space and human-made architecture (HMA)environment. The Awe Experience Scale was used as a measurement tool to capture the responses of the participants. The results revealed that every environment had a significant effect on awe, whereas the natural environment was most effective, which was followed by the space environment and the HMA environment. Each environment had a distinctive method of evoking awe, with diverse impacts on the subscales of the AES. The outcomes can serve as a roadmap for designing awe-inducing environments in VR.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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