Problems and Solutions in the Methodology of Researching the Psychophysiological Effects of Virtual Reality

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Abstract

The article considers a comprehensive approach to the assessment of psychophysiological effects arising from the perception of virtual reality, based on the well—known principle S → R ("stimulus - response"). The methods used make it possible to evaluate sensorimotor (associated with the development of the "immersion effect"), psychoemotional, cognitive and physiological (related to motor activity and sleep) effects of virtual reality based on both subjective and objective indicators. The above set of techniques was used in experiments simulating the impact of adverse factors of space flight during the testing of special virtual reality technologies used for psychological relaxation (psychological correction). The authors believe that the methodological approach described in the article to the assessment of the psychophysiological effects of virtual reality will be useful in the study of virtual environments used in education and psychology, in the development of simulators of various directions and in other areas of VR application.

General Information

Keywords: psychology of perception, virtual reality, methodology of virtual reality study, psychophysiological effects of virtual reality

Journal rubric: Psychophysiology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/exppsy.2024170105

Funding. The study was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation under Agreement No. 075-1502020-919 dated 16.11.2020 about the grant in the form of subsidy from the federal budget to provide government support for the creation and development of a world-class research center “Pavlov Center for Integrative Physiology to Medicine, High-tech Healthcare, and Stress Tolerance Technologies”.

Acknowledgements. The authors thank E.S. Tomilovskaya, V.I. Gushin, A.A. Egorova, N.A. Zabrodin, M.M. Weinstein, M.A. Rak and Yu.V. Kirillova for their help in collecting data for the study.

Received: 27.03.2023

Accepted:

For citation: Rozanov I.A., Ivanov A.V., Abdyukhanov R.H., Shishenina K.S. Problems and Solutions in the Methodology of Researching the Psychophysiological Effects of Virtual Reality. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2024. Vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 76–85. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2024170105. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Ivan A. Rozanov, PhD in Medicine, Researcher at the Center for the Study and Prevention of the Effects of Long—term Isolation and the Laboratory of Psychological and Psychophysiological Studies of Professional Activity, Virtual Reality and Computer Psychotechnologies, Virtual Reality and Computer Psychotechnologies, State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation — Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Psychology, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2607-8848, e-mail: exelbar@yandex.ru

Alexey V. Ivanov, PhD in Medicine, Senior Leading Researcher, Head of the Laboratory of Psychological and Psychophysiological Research of Professional Activity, Virtual Reality and Computer Psychotechnologies, State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation — Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0004-7232-4829, e-mail: psylab_nauka@mail.ru

Rustam H. Abdyukhanov, Founder & Senior Researcher, Company "Intellectual Health Systems", Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0001-9595-0767, e-mail: roo@ai-health.pro

Ksenia S. Shishenina, Junior Researcher at the Center for the Study and Prevention of the Effects of Long—term Isolation, State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation — Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0002-6362-426X, e-mail: ksen88_88@mail.ru

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