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Using VR to Get Inside the Criminal Mind


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Participants are questioned inside a virtual reality interview room.

The forensic psychology research project involved 101 participants who role-played committing a burglary in two similar virtual mock-crime scenarios.

Credit: Edith Cowan University (Australia)

Researchers at Australia's Edith Cowan University (ECU) used VR technology to gain insights into decision-making by criminals.

The study involved 101 participants role-playing crime scenarios and undergoing police interviews in a virtual interrogation room.

ECU's Shane Rogers said VR helped the participants in acting out the role of criminal and increased their motivation for lying in the follow-up interview.

Rogers added that VR could be used to train police in interviewing tactic, and allow suspects to be questioned in a virtual environment.

From Edith Cowan University (Australia)
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