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Research and Innovation

Sensory Perception in VR 

While there is great potential for using virtual reality in many different environments, it may also have unusual effects on perception. For example, sensory processing abnormalities could result from the technology's illusory representation of three-dimensional space or the absence of haptic feedback. 

Since the extent of these effects is currently unknown, we are actively exploring the ways in which virtual environments may affect perception and the control of movement. 

This work has recently been supported by the Leverhulme Trust via a fellowship awarded to Dr David Harris. The fellowship will explore how perception in virtual reality can be understood from the perspective of computational models of the brain (e.g., predictive coding or hierarchical Bayesian inference). 




Sensory perception in VR graphic

Sensory perception in VR graphic