The advantages or consequences of being exposed to VR have yet to be researched properly. It is evident this technology will do things to our body and brain in many different ways. One particular study claims VR can help people remember information better. A rather unexpected finding, although one that warrants further explanation.
A Positive Side Effect From VR Exposure
Most of the studies touching upon prolonged VR exposure tend to highlight the negative consequences. While they shouldn’t be overlooked it is evident there may be some positive aspects to prolonged exposure as well. According to new research from the University of Maryland, VR tends to have an interesting impact on the human brain.
More specifically, the researchers discovered how people who are exposed to virtual reality will have an easier time remember information. More specifically, information presented in a visual hands-on approach through digital environments seems to “stick” much better. Visualizing information is not a new concept and one that can have major consequences for the educational sector over the coming years.
Immersive environments are seemingly a lot more useful than people assumed at first. Improving the outcomes in education and high-proficiency training are just two of the options to be explored in this regard. The team let its subjects recall objects or items by placing it in a virtual physical location.
It is evident there is a close correlation between visual-based methods and remember information. Conversations are often difficult to recall, but one can associate some’s facial expression by reading a transcript, for example. As such, there may be a bright future ahead for VR technology in this regard. Unlocking the full potential of this technology will be something else entirely, though.
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