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Recreating the Botanics: towards a sense of place in virtual environments.

Turner, Susan, Turner, Phil, Carroll, Fiona, O'Neill, Shaleph, Benyon, David, McCall, Roderick and Smyth, Michael (2003) Recreating the Botanics: towards a sense of place in virtual environments. In: 3rd UK Conference of the Environmental Psychology Network, 2003 June, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract/Description

    The EC funded project BENOGO seeks to re-create real places using photo-realistic
    immersive virtual reality technology and in so doing investigates the nature of
    presence and sense of place in such environments. We discuss the first stages in our
    work investigating how far a sense of place can be created in a virtual environment
    and benchmarked against the real world. This paper reports early studies which
    investigated sense of place in a real-world location – a glasshouse in a botanical
    garden – and the first in a series of planned experiments with its virtual equivalent.
    The results provide preliminary indications of which elements of sense of place
    manage to penetrate the considerable constraints of the current virtual environment
    and how the virtual experience might be redesigned in future. We also discuss
    techniques for investigating sense of place in this context and briefly describe the next
    steps in the work.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the European Commission and the work of our BENOGO partners. We also thank the participants in the studies at Napier and Aalborg for their time, patience and cooperation
    Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental psychology; virtual environments; presence; sense of place; virtual reality technology; BENOGO;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology > 152 Perception, movement, emotions & drives
    000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 006 Special Computer Methods
    000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 003 Systems > 003.3 Computer modelling & simulation
    Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Item ID: 3533
    Depositing User: Computing Research
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2010 12:01
    Last Modified: 03 Jun 2013 16:14
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3533

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