The participants could turn their heads to see trees, flowers or flowing water all around them — and to hear the sounds of birds, the breeze or water rippling.
Before and after using the VR headset, the participants were asked about their stress levels. The scientists found that, on average, the volunteers rated their stress 5.5 on a 1-10 scale before watching the video. That number dropped to 3.3 after watching the nature scene.
They also noted the percentage who said their stress was 6.8 or higher prior to watching the video fell from 32.4% to just 3.9% after watching the video. The researchers also found the stress reduction was reported regardless of gender, age or experience with virtual reality systems.
You can read the full report in the open-access journal Plos One.
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