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Correlations between Vocal Input and Visual Response Apparently Enhance Presence in a Virtual Environment

Groenegress, C; Thomsen, MR; Slater, M; (2009) Correlations between Vocal Input and Visual Response Apparently Enhance Presence in a Virtual Environment. CYBERPSYCHOL BEHAV , 12 (4) 429 - 431. 10.1089/cpb.2007.0256.

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Abstract

This work investigates novel alternative means of interaction in a virtual environment (VE). We analyze whether humans can remap established body functions to learn to interact with digital information in an environment that is cross-sensory by nature and uses vocal utterances in order to influence (abstract) virtual objects. We thus establish a correlation among learning, control of the interface, and the perceived sense of presence in the VE. The application enables intuitive interaction by mapping actions (the prosodic aspects of the human voice) to a certain response (i.e., visualization). A series of single-user and multiuser studies shows that users can gain control of the intuitive interface and learn to adapt to new and previously unseen tasks in VEs. Despite the abstract nature of the presented environment, presence scores were generally very high.

Type: Article
Title: Correlations between Vocal Input and Visual Response Apparently Enhance Presence in a Virtual Environment
DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2007.0256
Keywords: REALITY
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/86911
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