The Effects of Virtual Weather on Presence

  • Bartholomäus Wissmath
  • David Weibel
  • Fred W. Mast
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 33)


In modern societies people tend to spend more time in front of computer screens than outdoors. Along with an increasing degree of realism displayed in digital environments, simulated weather appears more and more realistic and more often implemented in digital environments. Research has found that the actual weather influences behavior and mood. In this paper we experimentally examine the effects of virtual weather on the sense of presence. Thereby we found individuals (N=30) to immerse deeper in digital environments displaying fair weather conditions than in environments displaying bad weather. We also investigate whether virtual weather can influence behavior. The possible implications of theses findings for presence theory as well as digital environment designers will be discussed.


computer game virtual weather weather effects tele-presence  performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bartholomäus Wissmath
    • 1
    • 2
  • David Weibel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fred W. Mast
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BerneBern 9Switzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Distance EducationSwiss UniversitaryBrigSwitzerland

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