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Assessing engagement during rescue operation simulated in virtual reality: a psychophysiological study

Czarnek, G, Strojny, P, Strojny, A and Richter, M (2019) Assessing engagement during rescue operation simulated in virtual reality: a psychophysiological study. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. ISSN 1532-7590

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The goal of this study was to investigate the patterns of engagement among professional firefighters during a rescue operation challenge simulated in a virtual reality (VR). The simulator offers a training that would otherwise be impossible or very difficult to arrange in the real world, here a mass-casualty incident. We measured engagement with cardiovascular reactivity as well as subjective perceptions of workload. We found that both a VR rescue challenge and a VR control condition lead to engagement evident in the decrease in parasympathetic activation from baseline (measured as high-frequency heart rate variability). However, the rescue operation leads to a stronger increase in sympathetic activity (shorter pre-ejection period and RZ-interval) than the control condition. Furthermore, the subjective workload ratings corroborate the results from the objective engagement indices. These results demonstrate that it is possible to create a virtual environment that elicits engagement among professional rescuers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction on 20th August 2019, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/10447318.2019.1655905
Uncontrolled Keywords: 08 Information and Computing Sciences, 16 Studies in Human Society
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 15:02
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:39
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/10447318.2019.1655905.
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11566

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