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Enchanted by Your Surrounding? Measuring the Effects of Immersion and Design of Virtual Environments on Decision-Making

Oberdörfer, Sebastian and Heidrich, David and Birnstiel, Sandra and Latoschik, Marc Erich (2021) Enchanted by Your Surrounding? Measuring the Effects of Immersion and Design of Virtual Environments on Decision-Making. Frontiers in Virtual Reality. Frontiers Media S.A.. doi: 10.3389/frvir.2021.679277. ISSN 2673-4192.

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Impaired decision-making leads to the inability to distinguish between advantageous and disadvantageous choices. The impairment of a person’s decision-making is a common goal of gambling games. Given the recent trend of gambling using immersive Virtual Reality it is crucial to investigate the effects of both immersion and the virtual environment (VE) on decision-making. In a novel user study, we measured decision-making using three virtual versions of the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT). The versions differed with regard to the degree of immersion and design of the virtual environment. While emotions affect decision-making, we further measured the positive and negative affect of participants. A higher visual angle on a stimulus leads to an increased emotional response. Thus, we kept the visual angle on the Iowa Gambling Task the same between our conditions. Our results revealed no significant impact of immersion or the VE on the IGT. We further found no significant difference between the conditions with regard to positive and negative affect. This suggests that neither the medium used nor the design of the VE causes an impairment of decision-making. However, in combination with a recent study, we provide first evidence that a higher visual angle on the IGT leads to an effect of impairment.

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Document Type:Article
Title:Enchanted by Your Surrounding? Measuring the Effects of Immersion and Design of Virtual Environments on Decision-Making
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Heidrich, DavidUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8501-5089
Date:6 August 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Frontiers in Virtual Reality
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:Frontiers Media S.A.
Keywords:virtual reality; virtual environments; immersion; decision-making; iowa gambling task
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Analytics and visualization of large space software systems
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Software Technology > Intelligent and Distributed Systems
Institute for Software Technology
Deposited By: Heidrich, David
Deposited On:14 Dec 2021 10:27
Last Modified:14 Dec 2021 10:27

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