Our Mission

Since its founding in 2003, researchers at VHIL have sought to better understand the psychological and behavioral effects of Virtual Reality (VR) and, more recently, Augmented Reality (AR). Almost two decades later, we are in the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution. VR is now widely available for consumers, and every day we are seeing new innovations. It is critical, now more than ever, that we seek answers to these important questions: How does this medium fundamentally transform people and society? What happens when anyone can have a perfect experience at the touch of a button? And how can we actively seek to create and consume VR that enhances instead of detracts from the real world around us?

Recent News

Beam me out to the ballgame, SF Chronicle

Cardboard standees get old fast. With augmented reality, the fans can be live, interactive and a part of the action of the game.San Francisco Chronicle »[button text="View PDF" link="/mm/2020/08/Beam-me-out-to-the-ballgame-SFChronicle.pdf" style="default"...

Why Zoom Meetings Can Exhaust Us, The Wall Street Journal

Prof. Jeremy Bailenson discusses why many of us are getting mentally exhausted from videoconferencing—whether for a work meeting, an online dance class, or a virtual happy hour.The Wall Street Journal »

VHIL research examines how augmented reality affects people’s behavior, Stanford News

Researchers found that after people had an experience in augmented reality (AR) – simulated by wearing goggles that layer computer-generated content onto real-world environments – their interactions in their physical world changed as well, even with the AR device...

Stanford Takes Students on Virtual Undersea Journey, NBC Bay Area

NBC Bay Area interviews VHIL researchers Geraldine Fauville and Anna Muller about the lab's ongoing environmental and education research NBC Bay Area »   [video width="704" height="384"...

Virtual reality can help make people more compassionate compared to other media, Stanford News

Virtual Human Interaction Lab researchers found that people who underwent a virtual reality experience, called “Becoming Homeless,” were more empathetic toward the homeless and more likely to sign a petition in support of affordable housing than other study...