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Trees and colorful designs can help townspeople in the metaverse, too MPNRC

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Advocates of the Metaverse hope that the townspeople of tomorrow will spend a lot of time in this virtual universe. But what will the virtual cities of the future look like? A new French study suggests they can be filled with botanicals and colorful designs to enhance the well-being of their incarnated residents. Although the metaverse is still in its infancy, the development of this virtual universe raises questions about how we interact with urban planning and space. One topic of particular interest to researchers is the place of well-being in the construction of cities. Over the years, they have been putting forward a number of hypotheses on how to promote the well-being of city dwellers. One of them concerns the positive effect of greenery and bright colors on the morale of the residents. This theory has so far been difficult to study precisely because the feelings and perceptions of city dwellers are influenced by many external factors, such as weather, noise or traffic.

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A team of researchers from the University of Lille used virtual reality to measure the effect of vegetation and color patterns in the city. They equipped 36 participants with virtual reality headsets and eye and heart sensors in different configurations (with or without vegetation, or with colored patterns on the path) to immerse themselves in a virtual urban environment. They were also asked to complete a questionnaire on their feelings.

Rethinking Tomorrow’s Urban Planning

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The scientists found that participants walked more slowly when surrounded by virtual greenery, which helped lower their heart rates. They spent less time looking at the ground and more time looking at their surroundings. These results indicated that they were having a pleasurable experience.

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Another finding was that the presence of colorful and geometric patterns did not specifically induce a sense of calm in volunteers, unlike vegetation. However, this resulted in a clear improvement in his focus. “Color alone is not sufficient to offer restorative effects of vegetation in urban cities, but color interference in urban spaces can increase physiological levels of attraction, curiosity and arousal,” said the study, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Virtual Reality. is written in.

While many studies have emphasized the importance of vegetation in cities, this research underscores the important role that virtual reality can play in the urban planning of tomorrow. “Many cities don’t have the financial means to plant trees everywhere in concrete environments,” Yvonne Delavoye, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Lille and lead author of the study, told Editions Femina. “On the other hand, those in charge of urban planning can see where it is possible to add shape and color to older buildings, for example, and see in particular whether painting a sidewalk green or a wall blue can have a real effect on citizens. well-being. In this sense, virtual reality is a decision-making support tool.” It seems that the city of the future will be much less concrete than the science fiction novels imagine.

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