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Mnemosyne: Adapting the Method of Loci to Immersive Virtual Reality

  • Joakim Vindenes
  • Angelica Ortiz de Gortari
  • Barbara Wasson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10850)

Abstract

“Mnemosyne” is an Immersive Virtual Reality (VR) application designed to increase memory recall. The application simulates the processes of the ancient mnemonic “the Method of Loci” (MOL), also referred to as the “Memory Palace” technique. The application allows users to create personalised Memory Palaces by navigating and storing “memory cubes” in a Virtual Environment (VE) through a Head-Mounted Display (HMD). Results from a pilot study with 18 participants indicate that those with higher spatial reasoning abilities benefit more from use of the MOL. An evaluation of the pilot study raised a number of interesting issues to take into consideration in the redesign of a larger study.

Keywords

Memory application Immersive Virtual Reality Virtual environment Method of Loci Head-Mounted Display 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joakim Vindenes
    • 1
    • 2
  • Angelica Ortiz de Gortari
    • 1
  • Barbara Wasson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the Science of Learning and Technology (SLATE)University of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Department of Information Science and Media StudiesUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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