Virtual Reality as a Tool to Sharpen Cognition

Detailed within a study published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, with research led by UCLA professor Mayank Mehta, virtual reality simulations have been observed to increase (in mice) the active brain phenomenon known as theta rhythms—which are, according to Fast Company, when “your brain thinks not just in frequencies but in syncopated beats.” This important, if not mysterious, rhythm is deeply important to cognition. Mehta is “arguing …

Virtual Tours of The International Space Station

For those who aren’t astronauts and don’t have billions in the bank, space exploration seems impossible. In an effort to bring regular people a little closer to the cosmos, TIME and Felix & Paul Studios have launched Space Explorers: The ISS Experience—a virtual tour of the International Space Station, made in collaboration with NASA. More than a quick look into the spacecraft, the two-part series utilized “custom-built virtual reality …

Six Immersive Highlights from the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

Online and in person, this year's reality-enhancing projects and events

The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival (online and in-person from 9-20 June) incorporates the annual event’s most dynamic immersive division to date. This slate of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and extended reality (XR) projects populates three verticals: the Storyscapes competitive category on location at Spring Studios, Outdoor and Interactive Experiences in and around NYC, as well as the Virtual Arcade which can be accessed from home with an HTC …