You’re Making Me Sick: A Systematic Review of How Virtual Reality Research Considers Gender & Cybersickness

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PubDate: May 2021

Teams: University of Waterloo

Writers: Cayley MacArthur;Arielle Grinberg;Daniel Harley;Mark Hancock

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Abstract

While multiple studies suggest that female-identified participants are more likely to experience cybersickness in virtual reality (VR), our systematic review of 71 eligible VR publications (59 studies and 12 surveys) pertaining to gender and cybersickness reveals a number of confounding factors in study design (e.g., a variety of technical specifications, tasks, content), a lack of demographic data, and a bias in participant recruitment. Our review shows an ongoing need within VR research to more consistently include and report on women’s experiences in VR to better understand the gendered possibility of cybersickness. Based on the gaps identified in our systematic review, we contribute study design recommendations for future work, arguing that gender considerations are necessary at every stage of VR study design, even when the study is not ‘about’ gender.

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