Jeremy Bailenson, Stanford University. Joint with Communication’s Steven Chaffee Lecture. "Your Mind on the Metaverse"

Event Date: 

Friday, April 14, 2023 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • TBD

Despite talk about the metaverse, there’s a lack of research on what happens when people

wear immersive Virtual Reality headsets and come together as avatars.  This talk discusses
the trials and tribulations of social interaction in VR, focusing on a year-long study which
immersed over 400 students in small groups in VR for ten weeks at a time, examining the
effects of self-representation and environmental context on nonverbal behavior, speech,
performance, and self-report measures longitudinally in a dataset of over 300,000 shared
minutes in VR.  In addition to discussing findings related to self and context, Prof. Bailenson
discusses what the metaverse is good for, and what it is not.