BIOPAC® Systems, Inc. Logo

New Citations | VR Hazard Training for Astronauts

Space Flight Simulations Prevent Disasters

Photo by History in HD

Under psychological and physical stress, astronauts can put their  mission and crew in danger. Looking into this issue, researchers created a potentially catastrophic spaceflight simulation using a virtual reality environment and recorded the heart rate of participants. Psychophysiological responses to the potentially disastrous flight simulation were recorded using a BIOPAC MP Series Data Acquisition Unit and AcqKnowledge software. Gradual exposure to stress was also factored in to examine how it affected psychophysiological responses. This was done by implementing low initial levels of smoke in the virtual spaceflight to indicate the gradual beginning of a fire onboard.

Read the Full Study: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Graduated Stress Exposure in Virtual Spaceflight Hazard Training (Finseth, Keren, Domeich, Franke, Anderson, and Shelley)

VR Games Reducing Difficulty of Learning Activities

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may have a more difficult time communicating, socially interacting and doing everyday activities. Today, virtual reality technology possesses the ability to present users a realistic enough experience to trick the mind, peaking the curiosity of researchers. Can VR experiences help individuals with ASD with everyday routines? To test this, a VR game was designed to teach people with ASD bus transportation routes and bus-taking routines.  Effectiveness of  users’ learning was measured by levels of anxiety was recorded using a BioNomadix Wireless PPG and EDA amplifier and a MP Series Data Acquisition Unit.

Read the Full Study: Virtual Travel Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Proof-of-Concept Interventional Study (Simoes, Bernardes, Barros, and Castelo-Branco)

Quantifying Threat Response with VR

Current research into virtual reality acknowledges its the potential to enhance various emotional responses to stimuli. Which responses does VR enhance in particular? Proximal and conditioned threat responses were further examined in a VR environment. Proximity threat response was studied through the physiological responses of a sudden appearance of characters in close space versus the appearance of characters from a distance. Conditioned threat responses were looked into by comparing individuals that either received a sudden shock or no shock, controlled using BIOPAC’s Constant Voltage Stimulator.

Read the Full Study: The Effect of Immersive Virtual Reality on Proximal and Conditioned Threat (Rosén, Kastrati, Reppling, Bergkvist, and Ahs)

Spotlight On
free BIOPAC webinar

Live Demo: BSL Home in Action

BIOPAC is introducing Biopac Student Lab Home (BSL HOME)—a new product specifically geared towards teaching physiology labs remotely so students can still get hands-on, practical lab experience if social distancing and stay-at-home orders keep them out of the lab..

BSL HOME will allow your students to conduct physiology labs in the safety of their own home, dorm room, or any remote location.

Join us for the LIVE Webinar July 23rd @11:00 am PT

Register Now
Latest News

BIOPAC Systems Helps STARK Industries Launch VITAL Ventilator for NASA JPL

BIOPAC’s ventilator testing equipment and expertise supports STARK Industries’ effort to manufacture, validate, and test NASA JPL’s VITAL Ventilators Goleta, California – June 16, 2020 BIOPAC Systems, Inc. announced a partnership with STARK Industries, LLC to provide ventilator validation and testing equipment for the mass production of ventilators. STARK Industries was awarded a global license […]

New Citations | Kick Off Summer with New Research in Exercise Physiology!

Comparing Muscle Movement and Involvement between Boxing Punches In the fast-paced, high-intensity combat sport of boxing, the right punch can win a fight. However, boxing is also a sport where opponents can become exhausted in mere minutes of action, and prioritizing their strength is key to winning a fight. This team recorded EMG on test […]

Read All
Request a Demonstration
Request a Demonstration