Distance underestimation in virtual space is sensitive to gender but not activity-passivity or mode of interaction

Foreman, Nigel and Sandamas, George and Newson, David (2004) Distance underestimation in virtual space is sensitive to gender but not activity-passivity or mode of interaction. CyberPsychology and behavior, 7 (4). pp. 451-457. ISSN 1094-9313

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Abstract

Four groups of undergraduates (half of each gender) experienced a movement along a corridor containing three distinctive objects, in a virtual environment (VE) with wide-screen projection. One group simulated walking along the virtual corridor using a proprietary step-exercise device. A second group moved along the corridor in conventional flying mode, depressing a keyboard key to initiate continuous forward motion. Two further groups observed the walking and flying participants, by viewing their progress on the screen. Participants then had to walk along a real equivalent but empty corridor, and indicate the positions of the three objects. All groups underestimated distances in the real corridor, the greatest underestimates occurring for the middle distance object. Males' underestimations were significantly lower than females' at all distances. However, there was no difference between the active participants and passive observers, nor between walking and flying conditions.

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Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Health & Education
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