Treasure Hunting in Virtual Environments: Scaling Laws of Human Motions and Mathematical Models of Human Actions in Uncertainty
Searching experiments conducted in different virtual environments over a gender balanced group of people revealed a gender irrelevant scale-free spread of searching activity on large spatiotemporal scales. The better performance of men in virtual environments can be associated with the regularly renewed computer game experience, essentially in games played through a first-person perspective. We suggested a simple self-organized critical model of search, in which the experimentally observed scale-free behavior can be interpreted as a trade-off between the value of exploitation versus exploration amid uncertainty.
KeywordsVirtual Environment Root Mean Square Fluctuation Computer Game Experience Spatial Graph Quadratic Hyperbola
The treasure hunting experiments have been supported by the Cognitive Interaction Technology—Center of Excellence (CITEC, Bielefeld University).
D.V. gratefully acknowledges the financial support by the project MatheMACS (“Mathematics of Multilevel Anticipatory Complex Systems”), grant agreement no. 318723, funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme FP7-ICT-2011-8.
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