What if #VR could stop time?  (Partner content via @IEEEXplore)
  • A first-of-its-kind virtual reality study reinforces that time (seemingly) flies when youâ re busy, but it also shows the use of time symbols (such as the sun) can play a role in altering a personâ s perception of time.
  • But once cognitive tasks were introduced, the user tended to underestimate time, and the sun manipulation made less of an impact since the user wasnâ t processing the settings as vividly.
  • The results showed that when a user was just sitting without a task, the speed at which the sun moved greatly affected his perception of time, and the user tended to overestimate how much time he was immersed in the VR.
  • The results match anecdotal real-world evidence; when someone is busy immersed in a work project, time flies, whereas time can seem to drag when lounging on the beach or waiting for water to boil.
  • Many differences in spatiotemporal perception between immersive virtual environments and reality have been identified, but little is known as to how or why they occur, especially when it comes to time perception.

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