Everything we do is controlled by our brain. Every single piece of information we get from the environment goes up to the brain so it can make a decision on what it needs to do.
Boil down to the most basic principle, a brain is just a tool for survival. But what happens if we give the brain false information or try to trick the brain into thinking something is happening which really isn’t?
The idea of Virtual reality is basically tricking your brain into believing what you’re seeing is true. So, it’s essentially hacking your audio and visual system and makes the brain think that it’s an incredibly dangerous situation. Will that have an effect on the user?
How VR works in the brain?
There’s a curious thing that happens in the VR that actually works in a different part of your brain. When we’re watching a screen, we still are watching it with the forefront of our brain. Thus, we are aware and we know things.
There’s something that happens with the brain that’s very similar to what happens when you are watching a movie because you’ll see some movement on a screen that you are certain that it moved, but in fact, it’s not because it’s just a still image or no movement in sequence. That movement is assembled in your brain and some part of it is way behind your intellectual consciousness.
Same thing with the VR. There’s a sense of thing that is present and being assembled in your brain at a place that is not in the front. So, when you have a VR experience, they drop the floor away and you see the setting, the front of your brain knows that you’re just in the room where you have been all along. But there’s another part in the back of your brain where you are just terrified and you feel things.
How VR affects the brain?
What does virtual reality actually do to your brain? The psychological of lifelike virtual experiences is one of the challenges for virtual reality.
Leading medical professionals are actually worried about this because these virtual headsets are so immersive. We can actually trick the brain into thinking it’s in dangerous situations, which, as medical professionals are afraid of could actually be dangerous for the user.
Is it possible that virtual reality could create a situation where it’s so immersive that if the brain believes that it’s about to die, could a person actually die? Well, apart from the brain, the other concern is the heart. If the person in the virtual reality is put in a very stressful situation, that the brain thinks that they’re surely going to die, then that could cause a stress-induced heart attack, something which could be fatal to the person.
People have watched documentaries about terrible things and they can watch them on a screen. But if you have a VR version of that same thing, it’s just emotionally a wreck.
Medical experts started issuing warnings that this could be a future we face. So if you’re using virtual reality in the future, just be careful not to get too deep and wind up so scared, you end up giving yourself a heart attack. None of us would want that to happen.