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Immersive Virtual Environment Technology to Supplement Environmental Perception, Preference and Behavior Research: A Review with Applications

Center for Geospatial Analytics, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(9), 11486-11505; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph120911486
Received: 30 July 2015 / Revised: 6 September 2015 / Accepted: 8 September 2015 / Published: 11 September 2015
Immersive virtual environment (IVE) technology offers a wide range of potential benefits to research focused on understanding how individuals perceive and respond to built and natural environments. In an effort to broaden awareness and use of IVE technology in perception, preference and behavior research, this review paper describes how IVE technology can be used to complement more traditional methods commonly applied in public health research. The paper also describes a relatively simple workflow for creating and displaying 360° virtual environments of built and natural settings and presents two freely-available and customizable applications that scientists from a variety of disciplines, including public health, can use to advance their research into human preferences, perceptions and behaviors related to built and natural settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecological validity; experimental control; virtual reality; experimental research ecological validity; experimental control; virtual reality; experimental research
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Smith, J.W. Immersive Virtual Environment Technology to Supplement Environmental Perception, Preference and Behavior Research: A Review with Applications. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 11486-11505.

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