Altenhoff: Effects of Interaction with an Immersive Virtual Environment on Near-Field Distance Estimates

Thesis Proposal: Effects of Interaction with an Immersive Virtual
Environment on Near-Field Distance Estimates

Presented by: Bliss Altenhoff

Committee: Chris Pagano (Chair), Sabarish Babu, Rick Tyrrell

Details: Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 1:30pm in McAdams 101

Abstract:

Although distance estimates are regularly underestimated in immersive
virtual environments (IVEs) (Witmer & Kline, 1998; Loomis & Knapp,
2003), few experiments have examined perception of egocentric
distances in an IVE. In particular, very little research has been
done involving the calibration of depth perception in IVEs. This
experiment is designed to examine the effects of haptic and visual
feedback on distance estimates in an IVE. Participants will provide
verbal and reaching distance estimates during three sessions: first, a
baseline measure without feedback, second, an interaction stage with
visual and haptic feedback, and third, a post-interaction session
without feedback. If feedback is shown to quickly calibrate distance
estimates within an IVE, perhaps other costly solutions and research
endeavors seeking to remedy compression of distances would become less
necessary.

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