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VR aftereffect and the relation of cybersickness and cognitive performance

Mittelstädt, Justin and Wacker, Jan and Stelling, Dirk (2019) VR aftereffect and the relation of cybersickness and cognitive performance. Virtual Reality, 23, pp. 143-154. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s10055-018-0370-3. ISSN 1359-4338.

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The purpose of the study was the investigation of VR-induced aftereffects on various basic cognitive abilities and its relationship with cybersickness. Previous studies suggest an adverse effect of VR exposure on simple reaction times. Aftereffects on other basic cognitive abilities have rarely been studied. Sixty participants performed a test battery, that consisted of five different tests, prior and after the immersion into a VR bike application. Participants were assigned to three different experimental conditions using different kinds of displays, motion control devices. Twenty additional participants acted as a control group. Reaction times of simple (χ²(3) = 140.77; p < .001) and choice reaction tasks (two choice: χ²(3) = 66.87; p < .001; four choice: χ²(3) = 55.48; p < .001) deteriorated after VR exposure but remained stable or improved in the control group not exposed to VR. Changes in performance were only weakly related to degrees of cybersickness (.04 < r < .28). We propose a general aftereffect of VR exposure on reaction times that is only slightly related to subjective degrees of cybersickness. Taken together, however, usage of VR systems, even if inducing moderate levels of cybersickness, leads only to minor decrements of cognitive performance.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/127633/
Document Type:Article
Title:VR aftereffect and the relation of cybersickness and cognitive performance
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Mittelstädt, JustinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8419-6842UNSPECIFIED
Wacker, JanUniversität HamburgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stelling, DirkUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3346-6141UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Virtual Reality
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 143-154
Keywords:Cybersickness, Cognitive performance, Head-mounted displays, Reaction times
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human factors and safety in Aeronautics (old)
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Aviation and Space Psychology
Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Gravitational Biology
Deposited By: Mittelstädt, Dr. Justin
Deposited On:17 Jun 2019 12:49
Last Modified:03 Nov 2023 09:12

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