a research journal for
DMP Summer 2008

Final Report

Investigating the Effects of Embodiment on Presence in Stressful Immersive Virtual Environments using Physiological Monitoring

Abstract: This paper presents an experiment using physiological monitoring of heart rate and galvanic skin response to investigate the effects of a fully tracked human avatar representation on presence in immersive virtual environments (IVEs). The experiments will compare participants' physiological reactions in a high fidelity virtual replica of the room occupied and their reactions to a stressful model of the room with the floor removed except for a narrow bridge.