Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Calibrating Reality with a Mind's Mirror Postulate: Towards a Comprehensive Schema for Measuring Personal Presence
by Price, Matthew Llewellyn, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2017, 237; 10279289
Abstract (Summary)

While we believe our perceptions drive our reality, it is our sense of presence that ultimately determines how real an experience truly is. Whether we are fully immersed in a virtual world or captivated by conversation, presence governs our neurological processing, our psychological belief, and our physiological confirmation of all our experiences. Over the last several decades researchers have developed various study paradigms to qualify specific aspects of presence. However, little progress has been made in promoting a comprehensive framework that captures both self-reported responses as well as a full complement of correlative neurological and physiological sensor-based measurements. In this study, I employ a custom three-phase, proof-of-concept schema bridging multiple methodologies. First, exposure to an immersive media experience while collecting ECG and GSR sensor data. Second, administration of the Temple Presence Inventory with FACS and eye-tracking. Third, neurophysiological sensor measurements with EEG, eye-tracking, and FACS, along with ECG and GSR retests, during a randomized viewing of recordings from Phase I self-experience, others-experience, and a neutral-experience, to control for position bias and habituation. This phased correlation-meta-analysis, using sensor-fusion, will also introduce self-actuated mirror neuron response. In all, this study will prove that a holistic, multi-sensor measurement schema is best able to estimate the activation and relative intensity of personal presence and provide an objective assessment of mediated reality experiences. Keywords: presence, perception, augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, AR, VR, MR, narrative transportation theory, flow theory, illusions, proprioception, somatosensory response, vestibular system, haptics, visual system, auditory system, immersion, measurement, mirror neurons, EEG, ECG, GSR, eye-tracking, FACS, reality metaphor

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hare, Garry
Commitee: Hogg, Jerri Lynn, Pase, Shane, Sandrew, Barry
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Neurosciences, Multimedia Communications, Psychology, Experimental psychology
Keywords: Augmented reality, Mirror neurons, Mixed reality, Perception, Presence, Virtual reality
Publication Number: 10279289
ISBN: 978-1-369-74589-4
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