Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium: Sarah Creem-Regehr, University of Utah
Psychological and Brain Sciences Cognition Area Colloquium
Sarah Creem-Regehr, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Utah
Perception and Action in Virtual Spaces: When and why children may differ from adults
Abstract: Virtual environments (VEs) provide opportunities for research and applications that take advantage of 3D, immersive, and interactive spaces. The recent dramatic increase in performance and decrease in cost of immersive VEs increases the likelihood that VEs can be used with children, specifically to improve spatial thinking and reasoning skills. However, before effective educational technologies can be developed for more complex spatial tasks, it is important to establish an understanding of children’s perception and action in immersive VEs. It is difficult to generalize previous results on adults to children given differences in both physical body characteristics and spatial cognition. I will present recent research that examines two foundational perception-action mechanisms in VEs—action calibration and body-based affordances—and discuss results and implications for similarities and differences seen with age.