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Get in touch with VR on two days of expert keynotes and individual talks and attend the tutorials on Wednesday and Friday to intensify your own proficiency or get going with VR programming. The final schedule is displayed below for exploration, and can be downloaded here:

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Plenary Talks

Prof. Dr. Gary Bente
Department of Psychology, University of Cologne
Department of Communication, Michigan State University

Meet my Avatar: Social VR as a Topic and a Tool in Communication Research

Date: Wednesday, July 27th
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Location: University Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Lecture Hall (Calwerstraße 14)

There is ample evidence that basic principles of embodied (nonverbal) communication apply to interpersonal encounters in virtual reality. Yet VR is different from the real world in significant ways. In contrast to real life, virtual reality is characterized by exceptional degrees of freedom regarding physical appearance, behavior of actors, and dynamic manipulation. These conditions hold the potential to transform or "augment" interpersonal communication and to provide social experiences hardly possible in real-life face-to-face interactions. This potential holds far reaching implications for basic as well as applied research. On the one hand, avatars, i.e. animated characters conveying human interaction behavior online, can be used in social psychology, communication science and social neuroscience to create realistic yet highly controllable social stimuli to study the cognitive and interpersonal effects of nonverbal communication. On the other, the opportunities and threats resulting from VR as an emergent communication medium are still underexplored. Can avatar representation of humans, although subject to potential manipulation, compete with real life encounters? Can they contribute to the formation of rapport, e-trust and empathy? This lecture will address both aspects of avatar research and report results from studies in person perception, emotion recognition, cooperation and trust in virtual encounters.

Dr. Emmanuele Tidoni
University of Rome La Sapienza

„Si enim fallor sum“: If truly I err, I am

Date: Thursday, July 28th
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Location: University Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Lecture Hall (Calwerstraße 14)

Is the subjective experience of having a body relevant for processing sensory and motor information? After an introduction about body awareness and action monitoring, I will try to delineate a common framework to understand the possible role of subjective experience for sensorimotor processing. The presentation of recent studies and novel paradigms that used virtual reality will suggest a necessary dialogue between several domains, highlighting some of the current challenges for modern neuroscience of bodily Self.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Mühlberger
University of Regensburg

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy: Actual Situation and further Directions

Date: Thursday, July 28th
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Location: University Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Lecture Hall (Calwerstraße 14)

Exposure in virtual reality for the treatment of anxiety disorders will be introduced. Actual evidence for the efficacy in different anxiety disorders as well as other mental disorders, and studies on the mechanisms of action will be presented. Beside the use of exposure in virtual reality for psychotherapy and the possibilities to further enhance treatment efficacy, the significance of virtual reality for basic research on fear, anxiety and anxiety disorders will be a further aspect of the presentation.

Talk Sessions

Click on the titles to open the respective abstract. You will receive a printed version of the abstracts at the registration.

1st Talk Session: Virtual Agents and Immersive Human-Computer Interfaces

Date: Wednesday, July 27th
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: University Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Lecture Hall (Calwerstraße 14)
14:00 - 14:30
Andrea Bönsch
Two Basic Aspects of Virtual Agents’ Behavior: Collision Avoidance and Presence Strategies
14:30 - 15:00
Sebastian Koenig
Development of the Virtual Simulation: Classroom
15:00 - 15:30
Katharina Zeiner
Creating Positive Interactions and Experiences for 3D Interfaces
15:30 - 16:00
Vasiliki Kondyli
Cognitive-Technological Symbiosis for Evidence-Based Architecture Design

2nd Talk Session: Body and Space Perception in Virtual Realities

Date: Thursday, July 28th
Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Location: University Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Lecture Hall (Calwerstraße 14)
15:00 - 15:30
Anne Thaler
The Influence of Personal Body Mass Index on Body Size Perception of Self and Other in Females
15:30 - 16:00
Eike Langbehn
(Mis-)Perception in Virtual Realities: Distance, Speed and Time
16:00 - 16:30
Thomas Gulde
Vision-Based Mobile Robot Navigation for Vibro-Tactile Human-Centered Guidance

Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, July 28th
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Location: University Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Lecture Hall (Calwerstraße 14)

In the panel discussion we will discuss the overall topic of the VECTOR workshop - virtual reality in psychological research - from both a historic and a thematic perspective to get a broader view on the field. For the panel discussion, we invited researchers from Tübingen and the keynote speakers. The following discussants will participate:

Prof. Dr. Gary Bente: University of Cologne & Michigan State University
Prof. Dr. Andreas J. Fallgatter: University of Tübingen
Prof. Dr. Martin A. Giese: Centre for Integrative Neuroscience / Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen
Prof. Dr. Andreas Mühlberger: University of Regensburg
Dr. Stephan de la Rosa: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
Dr. Emmanuele Tidoni: University of Rome La Sapienza

The following topics will be addressed in the discussion:

  • Current research perspectives given the present enthusiasm and previous hypes
  • VR technologies as a Research Topic
  • VR in applied psychological settings
  • Interdisciplinary approaches
  • Prospects of VR technologies in psychological research and applications

There will be an open discussion at the end of the session.

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Click on the titles to open the respective abstract. You will receive a printed version of the abstracts at the registration.

Date: Wednesday, July 27th
Time: 16:30 - 18:30
Location: University Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Gallery (Calwerstraße 14)
Halim Baqapuri
Virtual Reality and Aggression: From Research to Clinical Application
Carolin Burmeister
Context Effects on Cognition and Work Behavior: How a Virtual 3D Office Environment Enhances Cognition
Cornelia Frank
Latency, Sensorimotor Feedback and Virtual Agents: Feedback Channels for Motor Learning Using the ICSPACE Platform
Oliver Herbort
Here's to Looking Through your Eyes, Kid: How the Perspective Determines the Production and Interpretation of pointing Gestures
Felix Hülsmann
The ICSPACE Platform: A Virtual Reality Setup for Experiments in Motor Learning
Uwe Kloos
VRlab - Teaching and Researching Virtual Technologies
Jindrich Kodl
Sensorimotor Learning in Environment with Unnatural Physics
Jindrich Kodl
Detecting Body Movement Patterns Resulting in Deceptive Behavior in a Virtual Reality Throwing Task
Tobias Meilinger
Using Virtual Reality to Examine Social and Spatial Cognition
Jutta Mohr
KRISTINA - A Knowledge-Based Information Agent with Social Competence and Human Interaction Capabilities
Simone Mölbert
Investigating Body Image Disturbance in Anorexia Nervosa Using Biometric Self-Avatars in Virtual Reality
Frank Papenmeier
Watching it in 3D: Effects of Stereoscopic Information on Object Recognition and Movie Perception
Jonathan Scheeff
Experimental Variation of Social Stress in Virtual Reality - Feasibility and First Results
Nick Taubert
Probabilistic Model for the Online Synthesis of Stylized Reactive Movements in Virtual Reality
Nick Taubert
MonkeyHead: Highly-Realistic Computer-Animation Model for Macaque Facial Expressions
Jan Oliver Wallgrün
Procedural Modeling for the VR-based Analysis of Human Spatial Behavior

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Tutorials and Demos

There will be different tutorial and demo sessions, please follow the links for details. If you would like to participate in one or two of the sessions, than please register on the tutorial page.


You can use the interactive mapping below to get an overview of the mentioned topics. Just hover over an item to see the respective mapping, if you click on a contribution, the respective abstract will be opened in a new tab.