How virtual reality affects the brain

    How virtual reality affects the brain

  • 1 Confuses the brain

    VR headsets can confuse the brain since conflicting data will reach it. While the center for vision would be seeing something, the other brain centers could be sensing a totally different thing. See how VR headsets work.

  • 2 Distorting mental maps

    The brain has certain neurons that map out a person's position in the real world, which are called hippocampal neurons. When rats were put into a VR world, those neurons started firing randomly, which showed that they didn't know where they were.

  • 3 Creation of real memories

    VR can result in creation of real memories of the virtual places a person visits while wearing a VR headset. Some people suggest that those memories are stored in a similar way as real memories are stored.

  • 4 The brain thinks it's looking at a distant object

    While wearing VR headsets, the brain is fooled into thinking that it's looking at a distant object, while in fact it's looking at a close screen. Some people suggested that this could cause eye damage.

  • 5 Psychological effects

    The brain of a person could actually think that the experience it goes through in the VR is actually real. This could result in several psychological effects, depending on what the person is seeing.

  • 6 Memories stored in a wrong way

    The neurons responsible for memory creation use two different languages simultaneously. During VR sessions, one of those languages is entirely disrupted. This led some people to conclude that VR could affect the way the brain stores memories. See why VR is bad.

  • 7 Treating brain injury

    Some studies have explored the positive effects of VR on treating brain injuries and claimed that there could be a positive impact.