6. Physiological and Psychological Effects of Virtual Reality

6. Physiological and Psychological Effects of Virtual Reality

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How often have you been told to go to your “happy place?” It’s not an easy task. It’s difficult to close your eyes and imagine a perfect environment while at the same time ignoring the senses telling you to snap back to reality.

Now, imagine a device that could take you to your “happy place.” It could create a virtual environment to explore. It could replicate pleasing sounds and images with ease. No longer will you need to count to ten or travel long distances to take a breather.

The Oculus Rift’s magical ability to draw out an individual’s unthinking emotional reactions comes from its immersive field of vision technology. Field of vision is a simple concept. It means the users cannot see the edges of the screen and the world moves realistically around them, regardless of whether or not the surfaces seem realistic. The Rift could take you from your mundane cubicle to the beautiful Bahama beaches, or virtually anywhere — even to your “happy place.”

Yes, there’s a catch.

The history of virtual reality has been bumpy. Aside from the great implications, the psychological and physiological oddities that it causes has held it back.

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