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Your Brain in Virtual Reality

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If you’re feeling lost about what happens inside a VR headset, you can count on your brain’sā€™ internal GPS to guide you through virtual reality experiences. Here, we dive head(set) first into the neuroscience and psychology of VR.

BrainCraft was created by Vanessa Hill (@nessyhill) and is brought to you by PBS Digital Studios. Talking psychology, neuroscience & why we act the way we do.

Camera: Dominique Taylor
Fact-checking: Bahar Gholipour
Virtual Reality Pilot: Louis Costa

Thanks to https://mindshow.com and YouTube Space NY for helping out with this production.

REFERENCES šŸ““
Society for Neuroscience: http://blog.brainfacts.org/2013/08/human-grid-cells/#.WUAayxPys2I

Chen, G., King, J. A., Burgess, N., & O’Keefe, J. (2013). How vision and movement combine in the hippocampal place code. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(1), 378-383. http://www.pnas.org/content/110/1/378.full

Aghajan, Z. M., Acharya, L., Moore, J. J., Cushman, J. D., Vuong, C., & Mehta, M. R. (2015). Impaired spatial selectivity and intact phase precession in two-dimensional virtual reality. Nature neuroscience, 18(1), 121-128. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/0dn3g05j#page-7

Harvey, C. D., Collman, F., Dombeck, D. A., & Tank, D. W. (2009). Intracellular dynamics of hippocampal place cells during virtual navigation. Nature, 461(7266), 941-946. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v461/n7266/full/nature08499.html

Jacobs, J., Weidemann, C. T., Miller, J. F., Solway, A., Burke, J. F., Wei, X. X., … & Kahana, M. J. (2013). Direct recordings of grid-like neuronal activity in human spatial navigation. Nature neuroscience, 16(9), 1188-1190. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3767317/

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