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Lost in Virtual Reality? Cognitive Load in High Immersive VR Environments

Jining Han, Qiyu Zheng, and Yunan Ding
Faculty of Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China

Abstract—With the rapid development of high Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR), cognitive load computing has been much studied in its relationship to the design and implementation of high IVR. This study presents a systematic review of the literature on cognitive load in high IVR. A total of 46 empirical studies are selected based on selection criteria. The study reviews the studies and extracts information to answer research questions. The study reports trends in publication, including dates and originating countries of publication, participant selection and sample size, research areas, high IVR devices used, measurement channels and methods, and main results. Findings identify research gaps and suggest reconsidering the relationship between cognitive load and outcomes in high IVR. Furthermore, this study points to several future directions researchers could take to help designers and practitioners to apply high IVR more effectively.
Index Terms—immersive high virtual reality, cognitive load, research gaps

Cite: Jining Han, Qiyu Zheng, and Yunan Ding, "Lost in Virtual Reality? Cognitive Load in High Immersive VR Environments," Journal of Advances in Information Technology, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 302-310, November 2021. doi: 10.12720/jait.12.4.302-310

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