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Psychology Research in a Virtual Reality environment with Eye-tracking

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“When we search for a specific object in a scene, we seem to have developed a precise idea of where to look for and find certain things,” Professor Melissa Le-Hoa Vo, psychologist at Goethe University Frankfurt conclude from her recent research that can be used in several fields. To reach this conclusion the team has used eye-tracking technology in a 3D virtual reality environment. Eye tracking is used to monitor human perception since there is a close relationship between eye movement and cognitive processes. The test participants is using a virtual reality headset and moving around in a computer simulated virtual 3D world. The method is e.g. used in fields like research of children’s behavior. Where the target could be if one of the children in a large group behaves differently. Then the researchers look further for a correlation between language development and attention behaviour, which could lead to early detection and treatment of possible cognitive disorders such as dyslexia. Other areas that benefits from the method is research concerning dementia. Source: EurekAlert

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