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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 30, 2018 - Computers - 320 pages

“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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Contents

Introduction
PRACTICE MADE PERFECT
YOU ARE WHAT YOU
WALKING IN THE SHOES OF ANOTHER
WORLDVIEW
TIME MACHINES FOR TRAUMA
ABSENCE MAKES THE PAIN GROW FAINTER
BRINGING SOCIAL BACK TO THE NETWORK
STORIES IN THE ROUND
REVERSE FIELD TRIPS
HOW TO BUILD GOOD VR CONTENT
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2018)

Jeremy Bailenson is professor of communication at Stanford University and founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in Redwood City, California.

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