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Pages: 4362-4366
Publication year: 2020
ISBN: 978-84-09-17939-8
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2020.1209

Conference name: 14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2020
Location: Valencia, Spain

EDUCATIONAL CENTRES DESIGN TOOLS. VIRTUAL REALITY FOR THE STUDY OF ATTENTION AND MEMORY PERFORMANCE

J.L. Higuera-Trujillo1, C. Castellanos2, C. Llinares1

1Universitat Politècnica de València (SPAIN)
2Universidad de Granada (SPAIN)
The space that surrounds us, be it natural or constructed, induces varied reactions in human beings. This implies a myriad of effects, which also involve teaching spaces. Therefore, studying the effect of the design of these spaces from an empirical perspective is fundamental. To this end, the execution of tasks in physical spaces is often used. However, this form of research has the limitation of the (temporal, economic, and environmental) cost of executing different modifications in the space. Virtual reality shown through head-mounted displays (HMD) allows to address this limitation by producing realistic environmental simulations that generate the sensation of "being there". However, its validity in this kind of studies needs to be analysed. Specifically, this was the objective of the present study: to validate virtual reality in HMD in the specific case of the study of cognitive abilities in educational centres. To do so, a field study was carried out to compare responses related to attention and memory, in a physical university classroom and its virtual replica. Psychological tasks were used to quantify these cognitive abilities: attention by the reaction time to auditory stimuli, and memory by the number of words remembered from an auditory list. 70 university students participated, half of them in the virtual scenario and the other half in the virtual scenario. Analyses indicate that the performances in virtual spaces displayed in HMD are comparable to these of physical spaces. Results are of general interest for researchers who use this tool in similar contexts, and derive suggestive implications related to online training.
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author = {Higuera-Trujillo, J.L. and Castellanos, C. and Llinares, C.},
title = {EDUCATIONAL CENTRES DESIGN TOOLS. VIRTUAL REALITY FOR THE STUDY OF ATTENTION AND MEMORY PERFORMANCE},
series = {14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2020 Proceedings},
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doi = {10.21125/inted.2020.1209},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2020.1209},
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AU - J.L. Higuera-Trujillo AU - C. Castellanos AU - C. Llinares
TI - EDUCATIONAL CENTRES DESIGN TOOLS. VIRTUAL REALITY FOR THE STUDY OF ATTENTION AND MEMORY PERFORMANCE
SN - 978-84-09-17939-8/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2020.1209
PY - 2020
Y1 - 2-4 March, 2020
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2020 Proceedings
SP - 4362
EP - 4366
ER -
J.L. Higuera-Trujillo, C. Castellanos, C. Llinares (2020) EDUCATIONAL CENTRES DESIGN TOOLS. VIRTUAL REALITY FOR THE STUDY OF ATTENTION AND MEMORY PERFORMANCE, INTED2020 Proceedings, pp. 4362-4366.
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