Understanding the effectiveness of VR on decision making

Authors: Jiawei Huang*, Pennsylvania State University, Casey Helgeson, Pennsylvania State University, Nancy Tuana, Pennsylvania State University, Alexander Klippel, Pennsylvania State University
Topics: Behavioral Geography, Communication, Earth Science
Keywords: education, HCI, user experience, spatial cognition
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Wilson B, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Members of the general public are often required interpret maps and other visualizations, mentally transforming from representation to its personal, real-world implications. An risk perception often does not often reflect true risk. We developed a VR application which asks participants to choose from three different planting scenarios based on their risk judgement and values. By comparing the VR application with a traditional map, we found that 1. participants in the VR group place higher importance on the recreation value, cultural value and future value. 2. there is no supporting evidence that participants in the VR group place higher importance on the proximate values than the medium and distal values. 3. there is no significant difference between the first and second choice made between the VR group and the non VR group. This could due to the decision making task and map interpretation are relatively straight-forward in this study.

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