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Productive confusions: learning from simulations of pandemic virus outbreaks in Second Life
Author(s): Micha Cárdenas; Laura S. Greci; Samantha Hurst; Karen Garman; Helene Hoffman; Ricky Huang; Michael Gates; Kristen Kho; Elle Mehrmand; Todd Porteous; Alan Calvitti; Erin Higginbotham; Zia Agha
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Paper Abstract

Users of immersive virtual reality environments have reported a wide variety of side and after effects including the confusion of characteristics of the real and virtual worlds. Perhaps this side effect of confusing the virtual and real can be turned around to explore the possibilities for immersion with minimal technological support in virtual world group training simulations. This paper will describe observations from my time working as an artist/researcher with the UCSD School of Medicine (SoM) and Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) to develop trainings for nurses, doctors and Hospital Incident Command staff that simulate pandemic virus outbreaks. By examining moments of slippage between realities, both into and out of the virtual environment, moments of the confusion of boundaries between real and virtual, we can better understand methods for creating immersion. I will use the mixing of realities as a transversal line of inquiry, borrowing from virtual reality studies, game studies, and anthropological studies to better understand the mechanisms of immersion in virtual worlds. Focusing on drills conducted in Second Life, I will examine moments of training to learn the software interface, moments within the drill and interviews after the drill.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7864, Three-Dimensional Imaging, Interaction, and Measurement, 78641C (27 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.878420
Show Author Affiliations
Micha Cárdenas, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Laura S. Greci, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
VA San Diego Healthcare System (United States)
Samantha Hurst, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Karen Garman, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Helene Hoffman, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Ricky Huang, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Michael Gates, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Kristen Kho, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Elle Mehrmand, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Todd Porteous, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Alan Calvitti, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
VA San Diego Healthcare System (United States)
Erin Higginbotham, VA San Diego Healthcare System (United States)
Zia Agha, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
VA San Diego Healthcare System (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7864:
Three-Dimensional Imaging, Interaction, and Measurement
J. Angelo Beraldin; Ian E. McDowall; Atilla M. Baskurt; Margaret Dolinsky; Geraldine S. Cheok; Michael B. McCarthy; Ulrich Neuschaefer-Rube, Editor(s)

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