Causal Perception in Virtual Environments

  • Jean-luc Lugrin
  • Marc Cavazza
  • Marc Buehner
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4073)


Causal perception is an important cognitive phenomenon, which plays a central role in our understanding of the world. As such, its study is also relevant to interactive graphics systems. In this paper, we introduce a virtual reality system which can elicit causal perception. The system operates by intercepting the consequences of subjects’ actions and modifying them to generate new event co-occurrence. This process is based on an explicit representation of action structure, which supports the generation of event co-occurrences on a principled basis. We present results from a user experiment, which confirm a high level of causal perception in subjects having used the system.


Virtual Environment Virtual Reality System Cognitive Science Society Temporal Contiguity Principled Basis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-luc Lugrin
    • 1
  • Marc Cavazza
    • 1
  • Marc Buehner
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ComputingUniversity of TeessideMiddlesbroughUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of PsychologyCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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