Exploring Perceptual and Cognitive Effects of Extreme Augmented Reality Experiences

In Doctoral Consortium of the 18th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality

We will investigate perceptual and cognitive responses of users of several extreme Augmented Reality experiences on an Optical See-Through Head-Mounted Display (a). They will see their hands: on fire (b), being covered by dirt ©, affected by arthritis (d), a wound (e), and applied with virtual bandage.


In this proposed Ph.D. research, we are aiming to create several extreme Augmented Reality (AR) that evoke measurable physiological and neurological responses in the human brain.

These experiments will run on a platform capable of tracking the user’s body and recreating a volumetric representations of it. On a Head-Mounted Display, we will overlay real-time photo-realistic stereoscopic graphics on the user’s body.

To investigate our hypotheses, we will build a set of systems each capable of measuring various biomarkers, including cardiac biomarkers, skin conductance, muscle tension, electroencephalogram (EEG) and hormone levels. Additionally, we will use questionnaires and think aloud protocols.

This research allows insights into the perceptual and cognitive effects unique to AR experiences that can’t be reproduced in VR. These insights are from a highly significant clinical interest in psychology, possibly capable of creating new non-invasive ways of treating or accelerating the therapy of many diseases; e.g., mental disorders such as phobias or Obsessive-Compulsive disorder.

Daniel Eckhoff
From September 2019

My research interests include Augmented Reality,