The virtual world of reward learning

A new study explores the influence of reward learning on visual attention and eye movement through virtual reality ⎮ 40 sec read

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A new study has investigated whether visual attention and eye movement might be influenced by reward learning. The research team led by Alexia Bourgeois from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, designed a virtual reality experiment to test this hypothesis. Participants wandered through a virtual world of forests and castles, while the researchers monitored if the reward of finding specific targets in certain spatial locations guided their behaviour. By manipulating the scenarios the researchers assessed how reward-associated stimuli might influence the way the mind learns about and perceives its environment.  

For a more in depth discussion, please the explore the article, Influence of reward learning on visual attention and eye movements in a naturalistic environment: A virtual reality study, published by PLoS ONE and freely available to read here

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