Johnson, Emma

Project title: Using Virtual Reality to Create Profound Experiences for Behavior Change: Tsunami Preparedness

Department: Computer Science

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Yvonne Coady

"Research surrounding the use of virtual reality for behaviour change is currently focused on
desensitisation and influencing mood, but the potential of VR goes far beyond that. I propose
to study how experiencing a profound or eye-opening situation in virtual reality can change the
outlook and stance on emergency preparedness; while exploring how levels of presence and
lack of control impact the effectiveness of anxiety inducing virtual environments."