Mental map’s creation in VR and the real world

Neurophysicists at the University of California analyzed the brain activity in virtual reality. It mainly covers 2D virtual reality, but some points may also be crucial in 3D virtual reality.

The brain’s region responsible for the creation of mental maps and the computation of distance is the hippocampus. Between others this region is involved in diseases such as Alzheimer, depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy and stroke. The exact way the cognitive maps of the surrounding environment are built is not known, but we know certain landmarks contribute to the distance calculation and smell and sound also contribute to this process.

With this research the hippocampus’ neural activity has been analyzed in both, virtual reality world and real world. It seems as the neurons have no idea what they do in the VR world, they present a somehow random activity. The brain activity is completely different from the real world case.

The communication between the neurons happen through a specific language, based on rhythm and intensity. In VR the rhythmic part was similar in structure to the one in the real world, the intensity was totally disrupted.

These findings can for sure be significant for people who use virtual reality for all different kinds of application.

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