The content of professional activity as a factor of application efficiency of virtual reality technology



Nowadays the virtual reality systems get to be more common and widespread in the world. They need users to develop system of the integration systems of sensory and cognitive information, while them creating polymodal effects on man. Vestibular function is one of these systems, and its disruption can lead to simulator sickness. The aim of this study was to find how professional activity of different men with similar vestibular function’s degree of development can influence on simulator sickness appearance. Eye movements were chosen as objective measure of successful interaction with virtual reality. There were attended professional athletes: 30 figure skaters, 30 wushu athletes, 30-football players and also 20 students take part as a control group. The results showed the significant different (p=0,001) between figure skaters and others by such items as number of fixations, saccades and blinks, and also amplitudes of saccades. At the same time figure skaters get lower scores in simulator sickness questionnaire, which says about less intensity of simulator disorder.

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Keywords: virtual reality, professional activity, simulator sickness, eye movements, sport

Journal rubric: Psychology of Labor and Engineering Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Kovalev A.I., Menshikova G.Y., Klimova O.A., Barabanschikova V.V. The content of professional activity as a factor of application efficiency of virtual reality technology. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2015. Vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 45–59. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2015080205. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Artem I. Kovalev, Post-graduate Student, Department of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Galina Y. Menshikova, Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Laboratory, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Oksana A. Klimova, Post-graduate Student, Department of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Valentina V. Barabanschikova, Doctor of Psychology, associate professor, Corresponding Member of the RAE, Head of the Laboratory of Occupational Psychology, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Psychology for Academic Affairs, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Psychology, Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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