Isness: Using Multi-Person VR to Design Peak Mystical Type Experiences Comparable to Psychedelics

要旨

Studies combining psychotherapy with psychedelic drugs (ΨDs) have demonstrated positive outcomes that are often associated with ΨDs' ability to induce 'mystical-type' experiences (MTEs) – i.e., subjective experiences whose characteristics include a sense of connectedness, transcendence, and ineffability. We suggest that both PsiDs and virtual reality can be situated on a broader spectrum of psychedelic technologies. To test this hypothesis, we used concepts, methods, and analysis strategies from ΨD research to design and evaluate 'Isness', a multi-person VR journey where participants experience the collective emergence, fluctuation, and dissipation of their bodies as energetic essences. A study (N=57) analyzing participant responses to a commonly used ΨD experience questionnaire (MEQ30) indicates that Isness participants reported MTEs comparable to those reported in double-blind clinical studies after high doses of psilocybin and LSD. Within a supportive setting and conceptual framework, VR phenomenology can create the conditions for MTEs from which participants derive insight and meaning.

受賞
Best Paper
キーワード
Virtual Reality
Meaning in HCI
Psychedelic Drugs
Altered states
User Experience
Mystical-type Experiences
著者
David R. Glowacki
University of Bristol & ArtSci International, Bristol, United Kingdom
Mark D. Wonnacott
University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
Rachel Freire
Rachel Freire Studio & University of Bristol, London, United Kingdom
Becca R. Glowacki
Goldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom
Ella M. Gale
University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
James E. Pike
ArtSci International, Bristol, United Kingdom
Tiu de Haan
ArtSci International, Bristol, United Kingdom
Mike Chatziapostolou
ArtSci International, Bristol, United Kingdom
Oussama Metatla
University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
DOI

10.1145/3313831.3376649

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会議: CHI 2020

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

セッション: Applied VR & its outcomes

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2020-04-27 20:00:00
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