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Love conquers all, right? That applies to most people. However, in today’s complex society, some people find it difficult to maintain monogamous relationships. A harsh reality indeed, but it is true. Sammy Offer School professor Doron Friedman and Reichmann University psychology professor Grit Birnbaum have teamed up to explore the potential of using VR to help people in monogamous relationships. So much. resist the temptation to cheat.
Joining Friedman and Byrne as part of the research were Yael R. Chen, Kobi Zoltak, and Jonathan Giron.
According to the research team, the concept of inoculation refers to the idea that exposure to a weakened threat can increase self-control. For example, if you decide to limit your food intake in order to lose weight, a particular encounter with an open bag of potato chips or a freshly baked cookie could be a reminder of that desire.
The goals you set for yourself are designed to help you resist the temptation to finish a bag of chips or stuff two (or three) cookies into your mouth, but this is no easy task. is not.
In three experiments, researchers used VR scenarios to test the effects of different levels of commitment. Participants were asked to flirt with a virtual character to test the effect of the weakened threat on their relationships. I could see how seed exposure could help people prepare for more serious situations in relationships.
They concluded that touching captivating characters in VR not only helps people strengthen relationships, but also makes them feel more attractive to their current partners.
For the experiment, researchers asked participants to enter a VR bar. Participants then conversed with virtual bartenders who were the same gender as their respective partners. The researchers then divided the virtual characters into her two groups.
Participants were then asked to rate their perceptions and feelings about the virtual character. These participants were then met and interviewed by real people.
In the first experiment, interviewers administered questionnaires to collect information about participants’ attitudes toward various interpersonal problems.
Interviewers were trained to convey interest and warmth to participants. After completing the interview, they were asked to rate how sexually attractive the interviewer was. were more likely to find human interviewers unappealing compared to
The researchers conducted another experiment to see if participants viewed random people as less attractive after interacting with a virtual character. Did. The purpose of this experiment was to find a way to help participants express interest in potential partners without resorting to sexual innuendo.
In this experiment, participants were introduced to an attractive individual of the same sex as their current real-life partner (collaborator) and asked to complete a project together. For an experiment, the two were asked to build her five-story pyramid using plastic cups.
When the “collaborators” completed the third floor of the pyramid, they purposely knocked it over to make it look like an accident. I’m so clumsy! Can you help me rebuild my pyramid? Research team members used stopwatches hidden in their pockets to measure the time participants spent rebuilding the pyramids with their collaborators.
Experimental results revealed that participants exposed to a captivating virtual character spent less time helping the pyramid builders.
Two couples participated in the third experiment. The partners were divided into separate rooms, one of which she interacted with a virtual character and the other of her watched a video. After the virtual session ended, the couples were reunited and asked to talk about their sex lives. Participants then rated their degree of sexual desire for both partners and other individuals.
The study revealed that individuals who interacted with captivating virtual characters were more likely to have stronger sexual desires than those who did not.
Professor Gurit Birnbaum of the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology said: This is the first study in the world to show how virtual reality interactions can improve real-world relationships. “
Ultimately, the research team concluded that interacting with virtual characters could actually help people maintain monogamous relationships with their partners. We also mentioned that type interactions can help prepare people for the challenges they may encounter in the real world. As such, virtual reality interactions may contribute to people’s ability to maintain stable and satisfying relationships with their real partners. “
If you want to know more about this study, you can read the findings hereFinally, my advice to you, don’t compare your significant other to an unopened bag of potato chips…
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