Usage of Virtual Reality in Social Sciences (70697)

Session Information: Interdisciplinary Sciences
Session Chair: Roy Francis Navea

Sunday, 28 May 2023 15:35
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 705
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

In this presentation we talk about the preliminary findings of using Virtual Reality sets in Communication Courses and possible future ways of how Virtual Reality sets such as Oculus Quest can be used in Social Science courses. Communication Studies is a discipline that is full of transferable skills such as public speaking, listening, intercultural competence, persuasion, negotiation and relationship building, all of which are necessary while studying other Social Science courses. In this presentation we first discuss the case study of how intercultural competence and motivation for learning about foreign countries was increased through the usage of "Wander" which is travel application/game available on Oculus Quest VR platform. We then discuss how Virtual Reality technology can be used to help improve public speaking, help overcome stage freight, and even improve relations by enhancing relationship maintenance skills. It can further help students practice negotiation skills in a low stake virtual environment and practice persuasion in a real life environment. Finally, we move on to how this can be applied outside of communication and be useful in variety of Social Science contexts ranging from psychology, sociology, political science, and linguistics.

Anya Lu, Sam Houston State University, United States
Caroline Waldbuesser, Sam Houston State University, United States
Dena Horne, Sam Houston State University, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Lu is an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University in the department of Communication Studies. Hew research interests are diverse including computer mediated communication, health communication and relational communication.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00