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The Exploratorium

Hi all,

Apropos our recent discussions re VR and psychology (autism, therapy, etc.), here’s what I stumbled on in psycinfo.

The Exploratorium: An Environment To Explore Your Feelings

The Exploratorium is a virtual environment within which immersants can explore both places and feelings. The “narrative” it implements is structural/architectural rather than linear/story telling. Different areas of the Exploratorium present different experiences: scary, normally busy, or very calm. At the same time, the Exploratorium as a whole is fundamentally safe, a self-contained play area. Immersants are free explore the different areas, under their own control. Navigation is by means of the Body Joystick, using only breath and balance. Using balance for movement and turning feels natural, like riding a bike, flying, or skating. Using breath control maps naturally onto vertical navigation, as in diving and snorkelling. Physiological changes induced by breathing patterns are reinforced by mood changes induced by moving from one zone to another, creating a form of “psycho-feedback by navigation”. The goal of the Exploratorium is to stimulate curiosity, leading to navigation and a consequent sense of control and empowerment, at the same time as the user experiences, explores and investigates her own feelings and emotions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

If anyone is interested in the article, here is the full citation info:

The Exploratorium: An Environment To Explore Your Feelings
Waterworth, Eva Lindh1; Häggkvist, Marcus1; Jalkanen, Kalle1; Olsson, Sandra1; Waterworth, John1; Wimelius, Henrik1
PsychNology Journal. Vol 1(3), 2003, pp. 189-201

Sun, March 4 2007 » Future Cinema, articles of interest, virtual reality