Who Reacts to a VR Tree Falling in the Forest?

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Who Reacts to a VR Tree Falling in the Forest?

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ImageIt sounds like a hokey premise; that VR can somehow instil behavioral changes in us to do great things for our environment - but what if our VR actions really do subconsciously influence our real life behavior?

Stanford University is starting to find the answers in their tree cutting study. Users go through the action of standing in a virtual reality forest with a mix of haptics and a VR display with surround audio. The user cuts down a tree and feels every chainsaw rumble as they do it. The result? According to Stanford, that VR experience will lead to a 20% drop in paper consumption and the subject will seek out recycled goods for the foreseeable future. In contrast, participants that just watch a video and read articles about deforestation will have a similar result, but the positive effect of taking on a more environmentally friendly path won't last more than a week.
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Re: Who Reacts to a VR Tree Falling in the Forest?

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I just had a horrible thought.

What if people enjoy chopping trees so much...it increases deforestation?!? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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Re: Who Reacts to a VR Tree Falling in the Forest?

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Easy now Neil! There's a simple fix: VR for everone! ;)
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