Researchers examine psychological and physiological effects of AR medical simulation training

Researchers examine psychological and physiological effects of AR medical simulation training

New medicine could reduce number of infant deaths from AIDS Augmented reality involves the use of a computer-based simulation that adds digital elements to a live view, rather than providing a complete immersion experience that is found with virtual reality. The two year study, titled, Assessment of the Psychological and Physiological Effects of Augmented Reality (APPEAR), got underway in December, and will focus on whether pre-existing psychological traits or past stress experiences influence the AR medical training experience and moderate the emotional responses to the simulation. Researchers will also evaluate whether the more realistic AR simulation will more successfully illicit realistic emergency situation-related emotional stress as compared to a standard medical simulator, in a medical student population. The study is being done in coordination with the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium and Chenega Corporation and is critical for assessing the limitations of AR that could impact learning effectiveness in military medical simulation training. "Assessing the physiological and psychological effects of AR prototypes for military medical simulations is imperative to the technological development and refinement needed to deliver effective solutions to the combat soldiers. The outcomes of this work will be used to ensure that AR technology is safely and optimally utilized to enhance learning capabilities in medical simulation," said Pressman. Source:



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