Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do

January 11, 2020 - Comment

“If you want to understand the most immersive new communications medium to come along since cinema… I’d suggest starting with Mr. Bailenson’s [book].” ―Wall Street Journal Virtual reality is able to effectively blur the line between reality and illusion, granting us access to any experience imaginable. These experiences, ones that the brain is convinced are

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“If you want to understand the most immersive new communications medium to come along since cinema… I’d suggest starting with Mr. Bailenson’s [book].” ―Wall Street Journal

Virtual reality is able to effectively blur the line between reality and illusion, granting us access to any experience imaginable. These experiences, ones that the brain is convinced are real, will soon be available everywhere. In Experience on Demand, Jeremy Bailenson draws upon two decades spent researching the psychological effects of VR to help readers understand its upsides and possible downsides. He offers expert guidelines for interacting with VR, and describes the profound ways this technology can be put to use to hone our performance, help us recover from trauma, improve our learning, and even enhance our empathic and imaginative capacities so that we treat others and ourselves better.

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Anonymous says:

Great Introduction and Exploration of VR’s Future This is an excellent introduction to VR and its future in our society. The author discusses such uses as applying VR to film making, football and work training to much less obvious possibilities like pain management, drug rehabilitation, travel displacement and grading students. To balance this optimism, Bailenson is realistic about the negatives VR can create. While it may be great for educating students, children under 12 should not use it and adults should limit sessions to under twenty…

Anonymous says:

a “go-to” text for both authorities and amateurs of VR Experience on Demand should be your first resource to understand the origins of VR, how it is currently being implemented by industry and academia, and where immersive technology may take us in the future. The book provides a healthy balance of optimism, caution, and uncertainty about VR’s role in our social lives and psychological experiences. You will enjoy learning from and being entertained by one of VR’s most important figures.

Anonymous says:

Fantastic Book! If you’d like to have an in-depth overview of the origins of Virtual Reality and an idea on where the technology is going–this is a great book for you. The author does a great job showing a number of real-life examples over the decades of VR in use for a host of applications. A few examples: a distraction for patients who are undergoing or undergone a painful medical procedure; enabling inner-city kids to experience swimming in a virtual ocean with marine life; improving hand-eye…

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