The contribution of virtual reality to reading research

Theoretical notes
By Jonathan Mirault

The great developpement of the virtual reality these last years gives us hope of an integration in numerous domains like scientific research. In the field of cognitive psychology, the use of this new methodology allows to greatly increase the attention of the participants during experiments. A surprising concerned domain by virtual reality remains Language’s sciences. Indeed, text presentation in virtual environments pasted on the real world allows to better understand cognitive processes that subtend Reading in ecologically valid places while controling various variables. This new technology of investigation has been recently used in studies with children (lexical decision) and in order to record eye movements during reading tasks.

  • virtual reality
  • reading
  • cognition
  • immersion
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