Correlating gamers’ brainwaves to their subjective feelings in virtual reality games under different viewing perspectives

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PubDate: December 2018

Teams: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University,Otago Polytechnic Auckland

Writers: Diego Monteiro;Hai-Ning Liang;Nilufar Baghaei

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Abstract

Consumer virtual reality (VR) is a relatively new mass technology that needs to be explored further so we can understand how it affects players from a psychophysiological perspective and how it differs from a common display during gameplay. One aspect of VR gameplay that is particularly underexplored when it comes to psychophysiological data is viewing perspective. This research aims to assess and analyse how players’ brainwaves correlate to their subjective feelings when playing in first-person and third-person viewing perspectives in VR. We report the findings of an experiment in which participants play a game in VR under first-and third-person perspectives and have their EEG data recorded. Our findings indicate that some waves correlate to subjective feelings regardless of viewing perspective, whereas others are more reliant on which perspective the gamers are playing in (e.g. Alpha). The results of this research are applicable to the design of VR games, especially those aimed at improving players’ health.

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