Stanford University

Environmental Behavior

The Trials and Tribulations of Narrative in VR, mediaX

From the October 24th mediaX Sensing and Tracking for 3D Narratives Conference, Jeremy Bailenson looks at the Ocean Acidification Project that allows users to stand in heavy traffic and follow carbon dioxide molecules from car tailpipes to the sea, where they are absorbed.

Using Virtual Reality to Avoid Catastrophe, Popular Science

VHIL researchers hope to make their virtual reality "field trip" a vital conservation tool, aiming to give its "travelers" as real an experience as possible. The goal is to get people to understand in a visceral way what climate change is doing to the oceans.

Sustainable Behaviors

Extreme weather events are now dramatizing the effect humans are having on the planet. Yet we still face great challenges in staving off irrevocable climate change. It isn’t simply about convincing skeptical politicians — it’s about getting the public to visualize how their behaviors (like driving a gas-guzzling car or living in an energy inefficient home) are contributing to a problem that may only manifest itself completely in future decades. Our previous research has shown that Virtual Reality is uniquely effective at changing conservation behavior, as evidenced in studies about reducing paper use and about hot water conservation.

A Greener Future, Maclean’s

Infinite Reality authors say people will be able attend "virtual meetings" in the form of highly realistic three-dimensional avatars instead of paying the personal and environmental toll of flying across the country.