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Learning with agents and avatars in virtual reality

Immersive interfaces enhance learning experiences by placing learners into a specific, authentic-feeling context with multisensory experiences.Good games excel at teaching players the skills required to play the game. Players are then tested on the comprehension and application of these skills playfully yet systematically in such authentic contexts.Gameful design is the process of applying the principles that makes games engaging and motivating to non-game settings.This project will explore:relevant theories and principles as a lens to apply game design principles into virtual …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Computer Science
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Video games, need satisfaction, passion and wellbeing

Video games are unique in the level of immersion they engender and the motivational pull they have on people. Because of this, they can have a powerful, positive impact on people's lives. Projects in this space deal with understanding when and for whom video games have a positive or negative impact. We're interested in video games that improve wellbeing but also on determining when negative outcomes are more likely.Projects in this space can involve working with existing commercial games or …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Computer Science
Research centre(s)

Physiological measures of the video game play experience

Video game players experience deep levels of engagement and cognitive activity when playing. Understanding how to measure this experience (engagement, immersion and/or cognitive activity) will influence the design of more immersive virtual environments (both games and non-entertainment software such as that used for training) and will help us to understand the positive and negative impacts of playing video games.A number of physiological measures are now affordable and applicable in this space:Functional Near-Infared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) can measure oxygen levels in the …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Computer Science
Research centre(s)

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