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Exploring and Modifying the Sense of Time in Virtual Environments

Objective

The sense of time co-constitutes our subjective experience and embodied self-consciousness. It refers to the dimensions of passage of time (time passing by) and structure of time (serial order of events). Both can be disturbed under psychopathological conditions and give rise to a variety of psychopathological symptoms. VIRTUALTIMES will for the first time (1) provide a personalized and neuroadaptive virtual reality technol-ogy enabling the systematic variation of time experience (“MetaChron”), based on (2) the rigorous study of the sense of time in different psychopathological conditions including depression, schizophrenia and autism, under special consideration of sex, and (3) neuroscientific measures that describe neural mechanisms which underlie our sense of time and validate both diagnostic differences and technological interventions. For that purpose, virtual reality scenarios and games will be developed from the starting point of the everyday sce-nario “waiting room”. We will systematically enrich the scenery both physically (objects) and socially (inter-action partners). In the realm of time-based interventions this will allow to manipulate passage of time (vary-ing velocity of time flow) and structure of time (varying synchronicity of events). VIRTUALTIMES (1) will provide “MetaChron” as diagnostic tool and innovative mental health technology that works in a highly in-dividualized, easy-access, and easy-to-use application, (2) will foster new technological developments in the field of human-computer-interaction to improve personal wellbeing and intercultural communication in a global world, and (3) will initiate a radical shift both in empirical approaches to and our understanding of the sense of time as basic constituent of human subjectivity. The market value lies in the availability of a professional VR- and game-based tool for prevention and therapy of psychopathological conditions.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/psychiatry/schizophrenia

Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2018-01
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 161 573,75

Participants (5)

INSTITUT FUR GRENZGEBIETE DER PSYCHOLOGIE UND PSYCHOHYGIENE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 505 000
Address
Wilhelmstrasse 3A
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Other
JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 831 250
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
EU contribution
€ 513 750
Address
Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 819 875
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PSICO SMART APPS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 573 250
Address
Avenida Jaume I 86 5 2A
17002 Girona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)