Advances in Social Behavior Research

Advances in Social Behavior Research

ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 03 March 2023

Open Access | Article

Do cutaneous senses give more immersive experience in Virtual Reality?

Runqi Zou * 1 , Zhitong Xing 2
1 College of Art and Science, New York University, New York, 10012, United State
2 Keystone Academy, Beijing, 101318, China

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Advances in Social Behavior Research, ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 695-700
Published 03 March 2023. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
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Citation Runqi Zou, Zhitong Xing. Do cutaneous senses give more immersive experience in Virtual Reality?. ASBR (2023) ASBR ICEIPI 2022: 695-700.


Cutaneous senses give people better perceptions of the world. In this study, we argue that in the world of virtual reality, cutaneous senses can facilitate people's perception and judgment of specific objects. We adopted a blurred image of ice cubes to allow participants to identify what the objects were and record their time of distinguishing. The result is based on the volunteers we found. They were divided into two groups and only the group that received the cutaneous sense treatment was able to tell what the blurred photo was within 30 seconds. We discuss the findings and implications.


ice, cold, cutaneous senses, time of distinguishing, control variables, virtual reality., judgement and distinguishing


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