We hope these lines find the reader well and healthy.
The VIRTUALTIMES’ team has used the past weeks, both on a partner-level and as a team, to regroup and find ways to continue work on the VIRTUALTIMES project as productively as possible during the ongoing world health crisis.
The INSERM U1114 team in Strasbourg has been focussed on planning our upcoming 2021 VIRTUALTIMES Spring School.
The team is also working on a publication with already obtained EEG data, as well as using this time to write protocols for both healthy volunteers and patients. Studies in healthy volunteers need to be done in advance of the patient’s study and will be conducted once patient contact is possible again.
In addition, the Strasbourg team is conducting an online study asking subjects to describe their day-to-day experience during the COVID-19 crisis in 10 lines, together with a survey.
At the Research Center Juelich, the data obtained in various lab studies is being analyzed and processed for publication . At the same time, ethics proposals for further studies in laboratory as well as online settings are being prepared. Intensive literature reviews and meta-analysis of neural correlates of time experience are being conducted as a common ground of future neuroscientific studies and to make the field accessible to a broader audience.
The IGPP is taking advantage of the health crisis’ potential to mess with our time experience and are taking part in an international (multi-language multi-nations) survey on time perception in isolation during the pandemic, representing the German-language part.
In addition, the team is writing (1) a literature overview article on EEG, game, time & flow, (2) an article on the empirical Thumper game study on time & flow and (3) an article on an online questionnaire validation study pertaining to boredom, time perspective, and subjective time.
Our team at the Chair for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Wuerzburg is planning to take part in an online VR pool organized by the colleagues at the IEEE VR conference.
The Wuerzburg team is also working on (1) the publication of the latest results (2) an experiment regarding the consistency with the physical environment and (3) an experiment utilizing disembodiment.
The University of Helsinki team is continuing the development of its bioadaptive module in close collaboration with the Juelich team. With regard to already acquired data, a publication of an EEG study on action-perception link and time perception is under preparation. The team is also developing a virtual reality environment for studying further the topic of action-perception link and time in immersive settings and preparing applications for the ethical review board. Finally, to ensure the continuation of data collection in a situation where labs stay closed for a longer time, the team is now planning two online experiments: one concerning emotion-driven temporal distortions and the other concerning action-perception link and time perception.
At Psious, the time is being used to focus for rigorous analysis and monitoring of the VR for healthcare market, as with the COVID-19 pandemic it is currently undergoing drastic and potential long-lasting changes. In addition, the team is building and revising the long-term dissemination strategy to grow a strong media presence, so that as many people as possible can benefit from VIRTUALTIMES.