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memory recall among uninitiated participants
A recent study, conducted by the University of Maryland
published in the journal Virtual Reality
Many of the participants said the immersive “presence” while using VR allowed them to focus better. This was reflected in the research results:
- 40% of the participants scored at least 10% higher in recall ability using VR over the desktop display.
- 8.8 percent improvement overall in recall accuracy using the VR headsets.
A 10% recall improvement may not sound like much, but in an academic context, it is monumental. A 10% recall deviation is the difference of an entire letter grade and in an increasingly competitive scholastic landscape, it is the difference between good and great.
For students that are experiential learners and those with attention deficit issues, these differences might well be even more profound than the average (8.8% recall improvement). It is also important to note that VR experiences block out distracting external stimuli, like smartphones and social media alerts.