Memories learned within a distorted coordinated system are also distorted when recalled later.
Combining neuroimaging and a constructed virtual reality town, researchers found the brain uses three different systems to perceive environment. One system allows us to recognize a place, another helps navigate through that location, and the third helps navigate from one place to another. The parahippocampal place area (PPA) helps encode location recognition, while the retrosplenial complex allows for mentally mapping the locations of specific places.
Study reveals 19% of veterans reported a greater reduction of their PTSD symptoms after 12 weeks of a novel virtual reality therapy than their peers who were not exposed to the treatment.
Vision appears to play a more dominant role than motor movements when it comes to encoding memory of large-scale spaces. The findings address a long-standing debate as to whether or not body movements aid the learning of physical spaces.
Inter-Dream, a new immersive virtual reality system developed by researchers and artists, can ease you into the right frame of mind for a restful night's sleep.
The positive effects of spending time with nature on psychological wellbeing and health are well documented. However, not everyone can enjoy a trip to a green-space. New research suggests virtual exposure to nature via augmented reality and movies can mimic the effect and provide a boost to wellbeing.