Investigating the Correlation Between Presence and Reaction Time in Mixed Reality

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PubDate: Sep 2023

Teams:University of Massachusetts Amherst;University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Writers: Yasra Chandio; Noman Bashir; Victoria Interrante; Fatima M. Anwar

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Measuring presence is critical to improving user involvement and performance in Mixed Reality (MR). Presence , a crucial aspect of MR, is traditionally gauged using subjective questionnaires, leading to a lack of time-varying responses and susceptibility to user bias. Inspired by the existing literature on the relationship between presence and human performance, the proposed methodology systematically measures a user’s reaction time to a visual stimulus as they interact within a manipulated MR environment. We explore the user reaction time as a quantity that can be easily measured using the systemic tools available in modern MR devices. We conducted an exploratory study (N=40) with two experiments designed to alter the users’ sense of presence by manipulating place illusion and plausibility illusion . We found a significant correlation between presence scores and reaction times with a correlation coefficient -0.65, suggesting that users with a higher sense of presence responded more swiftly to stimuli. We develop a model that estimates a user’s presence level using the reaction time values with high accuracy of up to 80%. While our study suggests that reaction time can be used as a measure of presence, further investigation is needed to improve the accuracy of the model.

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