March 2, 2010

Rsearch Study on the Effects of Navigation Experience in Virtual Environments

Adults age 18-35 with limited video game experience. We are recruiting both males and females, but we are in particular need of males with limited experience.

Do video games affect people’s visual processing and navigation? We are conducting research to find out whether playing video games helps people use maps to navigate in the real world.

Participation will involve two, two-hour sessions at Centennial Park in Nashville. The lab visits will be separated by two weeks, during which we may ask you to play a video game for up to 10 hours total.

Participants completing the study will receive a $40 gift certificate to Target and be entered in a drawing for a $400 gift certificate to the store of their choice. Approximate odds of winning will be 60:1.

Visit Requirements:
Two visits of approximately two hours each plus 10 hours of possible game playing.

Principal Investigator: Brian Verdine
Other researchers: Georgene Troseth

To read more and take the screening questionnaire to see if you qualify, visit:

For more information about our projects, visit the study Web site at

For questions or concerns about the study please e-mail the principal investigator at