The Effect of False but Stable Heart Rate Feedback via Sound and Vibration on VR User Experience

Dongyun Joo, Hanseob Kim, Gerard Jounghyun Kim

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Abstract

Vital signals tend to become destabilized and generally increase when one's physical condition is not well. For example, experiencing virtual reality (VR) sickness brings about a deteriorated physical condition, often accompanied by an increased heart rate. Several research have shown that providing feedback of false heart rate can induce various altered perceptions, such as increased effort and anxiety. In this poster, we propose to provide false but "stable"heart rate feedback through sound and vibration while navigating a sickness-inducing VR scene. We hypothesize that the false but stable heart rate feedback will have an induced effect of calming the user down (even stabilizing the heart rate itself) and reducing the unpleasant VR sickness symptoms. A pilot study was conducted to compare three conditions, namely viewing a sickness eliciting VR content, (1) as is, (2) with the false but stable heart rate feedback through sound, and (3) with the false but stable heart rate feedback through vibration. Results showed that the level of sickness was significantly reduced by sound and vibration feedback, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVRST 2023 - 29th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9798400703287
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Oct 9
Event29th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST 2023 - Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 2023 Oct 92023 Oct 11

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST

Conference

Conference29th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST 2023
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityChristchurch
Period23/10/923/10/11

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Keywords

  • Calming Effects
  • False Heart Rate
  • VR Sickness
  • Virtual Reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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