What virtual reality can tell us about human nature | Cade McCall
To get to know someone, would you rather ask them 60 questions or observe them for 60 minutes? Using virtual reality, Dr. McCall tries to bring the wild into the laboratory and builds complex unpredictable environments to test people's behaviors and experiences. Dr. Cade McCall is the Research Group Leader for the Virtual Reality Lab at the Social Neuroscience Department of The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Dr. McCall uses virtual worlds to study human behavior, physiology, and subjective experience as they emerge and unfold within naturalistic environments. His research demonstrates that subtle patterns in gaze and movement reveal a great deal about our underlying emotional and motivational states when we interact with other people or explore an unfamiliar environment. Dr. McCall’s work is published in a wide range of academic journals in the fields of affective neuroscience, social psychology, and media psychology.