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02 January 2018
Training transfer from interactive 3D worlds to the real world
Our latest study, published by the Safety Science journal, shows that aviation safety knowledge acquired through smartphone-based 3D worlds transfers to the real world. Moreover, participants who learned from the mobile 3D world were faster and made much less errors in the real world than participants who studied traditional materials that described the procedure.
20 December 2017
Studying the effectiveness of Mobile 3D Maps in real, large and complex buildings
In a user study published by the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, we have compared different versions of mobile 3D maps. Users walked in a real, large, complex building, finding locations with the help of a smartphone app. 3D third-person perspective maps obtained better results than both 3D first-person perspective and traditional 2D maps.
02 November 2017
Our cabin safety training projects presented at EATS 2017
This week, Prof. Luca Chittaro gave a speech at the 16th European Airline Training Symposium (EATS 2017) about Cabin Safety Training Based on Mobile, Gaming and Virtual Reality Technologies.
26 October 2017
Even a little interactivity counts in safety briefings
The Transportation Research journal has just published the controlled study in which we compared the Safety Briefing Card and Safety Briefing Video media in the aviation domain, showing that adding even a very basic level of interactivity to the Video media improves training effectiveness.
05 October 2017
EmoPaint app publicly released
We've just released EmoPaint - Paint Your Emotions!, a novel app for body sensation and emotion awareness, that we have created in collaboration with the University of Zaragoza (Spain). EmoPaint can be freely downloaded on Android and Apple devices.
15 June 2017
Australian Aviation Authority describes our Air Safety World as "perfect app"
In its flagship aviation safety magazine, CASA (the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of the Australian Government) has mentioned our Air Safety World as a "perfect app". Air Safety World makes passenger safety instructions clearer, more fun, and more effectively remembered by passengers.
07 June 2017
Our Air Safety World app launches successfully
Air Safety World provides passengers with the world's first interactive airline safety briefings and lots of gamified flight safety experiences. Its user base is growing very rapidly (over 100,000 users just in the first 4 weeks), and the app is being covered by general media such as The Independent and Travel+Leisure as well as specialized aviation media.
19 May 2017
Our Motorbrain article is nominated Editor's Choice by a prestigious journal
In a collaboration with neurophysiologists, we created the MotorBrain app to measure neuromotor performance with a smartphone. Our published study, nominated Editor's Choice by Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, shows that the app is able to detect performance differences due to aging.
03 April 2017
Our lab carries out the world's first study of Terror Management Theory in Virtual Reality
In a paper just published by the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, we study exposure to mortality cues in virtual reality experiences, showing that it has an effect on users' attitudes towards risk. A full copy of the paper can be downloaded from our web site.
23 February 2017
Neuroanatomical study of VR users
A multi-disciplinary collaboration with our lab showed that users of a virtual reality world who behaved altruistically towards virtual characters had a larger insula in the brain. The study has been published today by the Neuropsychologia journal.