The Effects of Avatar and Environment on Thermal Perception and Skin Temperature in Virtual Reality


Humans' thermal regulation and subjective perception of temperature is highly plastic and depends on the visual appearance of the surrounding environment. Previous work shows that an environment’s color temperature affects the experienced temperature. As virtual reality (VR) enables visual immersion, recent work suggests that a VR scene's color temperature also affects experienced temperature. It is, however, unclear if an avatar’s appearance also affects users’ thermal perception and if a change in thermal perception even influences the body temperature. Therefore, we conducted a study with 32 participants performing a task in an ice or fire world while having ice or fire hands. We show that being in a fire world or having fire hands increases the perceived temperature. We even show that having fire hands decreases the hand temperature compared to having ice hands. We discuss the implications for the design of VR systems and future research directions.

Martin Kocur
University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
Lukas Jackermeier
University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
Valentin Schwind
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt, Germany
Niels Henze
University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany


会議: CHI 2023

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (

セッション: Embodied and Haptic Systems

Hall D
6 件の発表
2023-04-25 23:30:00
2023-04-26 00:55:00