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VR and Personality: Ability to Experience Presence

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As a media psychologist, I look at Individual needs, goals and differences and what that means for media projects---use, impact and design. VR is so extraordinary, that it's easy to forget that one size doesn't fit all. Psychological immersion--what we call presence--defines VR success and is related to measurable personality traits.

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VR and Personality: Ability to Experience Presence

  1. 1. VR and Personality: One Size Doesn’t Fit All DR. PAMELA RUTLEDGE Director Media Psychology Research Center Rutledge LLC pamelarutledge@gmail.com DIGITAL HOLLYWOOD May 2019
  2. 2. New Partnerships in Clinical VR UX PARTNERSHIP: TECH & CLINICIAN UI: IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR TREATMENT VR EXPERIENCE OUTCOME
  3. 3. Immersion: Technology’s Ability to Create a World
  4. 4. Presence: Being There
  5. 5. New Consideration in Clinical VR UX PARTNERSHIP: TECH & CLINICIAN UI: IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR TREATMENT PRESENCE OUTCOME
  6. 6. Presence is a product of individual traits
  7. 7. TRAIT VS. STATE Measuring presence is different from measuring the ability to experience presence
  8. 8. Traits Associated with Presence NEUROTICISM EXTRAVERSION OPENNESS ABSORPTION IMMERSIVE TENDENCIES EMOTIONAL INVOLVEMENT PRESENCE
  9. 9. Benefits of Increased Presence • Assists knowledge transfer of learned behaviors to real world • Greater compliance with treatment • Lowers need for technical precision, such as resolution
  10. 10. Key Points • Personality characteristics influence perception and experience • Traits are stable across time • Absorption, immersive tendencies, and emotional engagement impact the ability to achieve presence • Presence impacts success of VR projects • Assessment is a noninvasive and cost- effective way to estimate an individuals’ tendency for the traits that predict presence • Attention to individual differences keeps VR experience user-centric
  11. 11. Thank you Dr. Pamela Rutledge Rutledge LLC Media Psychology pamelarutledge@gmail.com @pamelarutledge

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