The social sciences often focus on the development or improvement of interventions. Within the are of Human factors there is however a strong focus on assessing them. This can be done using simulations of all types. The recent advent of Virtual Reality (VR) and its increased capability and availability have greatly improved the means available in this field. Rather than requiring extensive setup or a perfectly drilled down intervention, participants can use a quicker and easier simulation.

VR goggle from the HTC Vive

Virtual Reality (VR) and simulations

Virtual reality allows for the creation of highly immersive simulations, in which the participants often forget that they are partaking in a study. This allows for the observation of more genuine behavior in a highly flexible setting without risking the safety of the participant. Risk and safety researchers therefore often use VR and may supplement it with questionnaires or physiological measurements.