- On 23/04/2019
Immersive virtual reality (VR) has become increasingly popular to improve the assessment and treatment of health problems. As many health problems are more prevalent in older adults, who are less technology experienced, it is important to know whether they are willing to use immersive virtual reality. In our recent study published in Scientific Reports, we assessed the attitude towards VR in a large sample of older adults who had never used virtual reality before. Their attitudes changed from neutral to positive after a first exposure to immersive virtual reality, but not after exposure to time-lapse videos. Moreover, self-reported cybersickness was minimal and had no association with exposure to immersive VR. These results imply that the contribution of VR applications to health in older adults will neither be hindered by negative attitudes nor by cybersickness.
Our study was picked up by the Flemish media:
- Press office KU Leuven: https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/nl/2019/ouderen-virtual-reality
- VRT: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2019/04/17/_virtual-reality-bij-ouderen-steeds-populairder-en-dat-is-goed/
- Video interview Rob TV: https://www.robtv.be/nieuws/ouderen-proberen-virtual-reality-uit-voor-onderzoek-ku-leuven-76947