A new study suggests VR could aid research on the brain

That’s according to a team from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. It conducted a study to monitor neural activity when humans are emotionally charged, and trialed a cutting-edge technique to get there: using the immersive power of virtual reality. Participants were given VR glasses that transported them into the cars of a roller coaster ride, where they then embarked on an exhilarating journey of highs and lows—first, a steady roll through a picturesque mountain landscape; then, a desperate dash through the flames of a raging fire; and finally—after a tense moment of teetering on the edge—a steep plunge into the depths of the abyss.

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