Posted on October 5, 2007, Andrew Video Games Used in Psychology Research
Afraid of the real world? Why not try exploring a virtual one first?
Treating anxieties may be one useful aspect of using video games in psychological studies. But it looks like scientists can also use them from a research standpoint as well.
“What is intriguing is that psychologists often use virtual environments as a way to study phenomenon in physical space that can be difficult to explore,” TerraNova Blog writer Nicolas posted in a recent entry. “Virtual environments are then used as a substitute, which draws questions concerning the transfer of results from virtual environments to the physical.”
What kinds of results those particular studies produce might be interesting, but one can see how in the least it would help further discussion and analysis of the hypotheticals.