How to Prepare for your VR Experiment

Before you arrive to your VR session, please ensure that you have gone over all of the questions below. Arrive at the VR Lab at least 5 minutes before your scheduled time. A researcher will greet you at the lab and brief you on the experiment in which you are about to participate along with any equipment you will be using.

A battery pack will be attached to your hip using a provided belt. The researcher will then move you into the experiment area and assist you in putting on the head mounted display. You should remove any large pieces of jewelry from you head, as they may cause discomfort with the head mounted display. Once the head mounted display is secure and operating correctly, the experiment can proceed.

During the experiment, the researcher will be able to communicate with you via a microphone. A blue outlined wall will appear if you approach the edges of the experiment area, representing the area’s boundary. Do not proceed past the blue outlined wall. If you feel nauseous or sick at any time during the experiment, immediately inform your researcher.

After the experiment, the researcher will remove the VR equipment and debrief you.

Before your experiment, please go over all the following questions:

Do you or your family have a history of seizures?

Virtual Reality can cause discomfort for participants who are photosensitive or experience trouble with flashing lights. If you or your family have a history of seizures, please reach out to your researcher before your VR session and inform them of your concern.

Are you prone to motion sickness or dizziness?

Some participants have reported that virtual reality can cause them a sense of motion sickness or dizziness. If you are prone to motion sickness or dizziness, please reach out to your researcher before your VR session and inform them of your concern.

Do you wear glasses?

Although the virtual reality headset can accommodate glasses, it can be more comfortable not to wear them. If you have contact lenses, it is recommended that you wear them instead of your glasses on the day of the scan.

Do you have a heart condition?

Our number one concern is the safety of our participants. If you do have a heart condition, please contact your researcher before your scan session and inform them.

To ensure that there will be no complications that prevent you from participating in your VR experiment, please go over the VR safety screening form below.

Our VR Suite is located in room C25, on the bottom floor of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute building. The map below has been provided for your convenience.