Call: Virtual Emotions: Understanding Affective Experiences in the Metaverse – Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking


Virtual Emotions: Understanding Affective Experiences in the Metaverse
An issue of the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Guest Editors:
Andrea Gaggioli, MSc.(Psych.), Ph.D and Alice Chirico, MSc.(Psych.), Ph.D
ExperienceLab, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

Submission deadline: July 31, 2022

Emotions are our internal compass: not only do they influence a wide range of cognitive processes, including perception, attention, learning and reasoning; they also play a fundamental role in shaping people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Thanks to recent advances in software and hardware platforms, virtual and augmented reality systems (hereinafter VR/AR), provide emotion researchers with unprecedented opportunities to investigate affective experiences.

Virtual technologies allow the simulation of real-life situations and contexts that encourage participants to act naturally, thus optimizing the trade-off between ecological validity and experimental control. Furthermore, the integration of wearable bio- and motion sensors in virtual reality (VR) systems allows for the measurement of physiological and behavioral correlates of emotional responses elicited in VR, as well as the implementation of closed-loop interactive systems (i.e., biofeedback).

VR/AR also holds significant potential for implementing novel interventions that promote emotional well-being and personal change. Examples include the use of VR/AR for eliciting positive affective states (i.e., amusement, inspiration, interest, hope), fostering self-transcendent emotions (i.e., compassion, gratitude, and awe), and enhancing emotion regulation (i.e., the ability of influencing one’s emotional experiences).

Improving our understanding of emotions in virtual environments can have important implications for designing VR/AR applications. With the emergence of the Metaverse economy, there will be an increasing need to provide VR/AR designers with theory-driven, evidence-based guidelines for creating applications that are able to elicit specific emotions or to assess their impact.

This special issue intends to bring together researchers to report their latest progress in the study of emotional experiences in VR/AR environments. Topics include, but are not limited, to:

  • Emotions, immersion and presence/social presence;
  • Emotions and embodiment in VR;
  • The role of VR/AR in emotion elicitation, regulation, and expression;
  • Analysis of psycho-physiological correlates of emotions in VR/AR
  • Induction and recognition of emotion in VR/AR;
  • Comparison of emotional responses in virtual, natural and “phygital” environments;
  • The use of VR/AR in emotional wellbeing interventions;
  • VR narrative experiences and emotions;
  • Aesthetic and complex emotions in synthetic environments;
  • Positive and self-transcendent emotions in VR/AR;
  • The role of emotions in designing and assessing VR/AR applications (i.e., mental health, education, marketing etc.).

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, the Official Journal of the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training, and Rehabilitation, is the premier peer-reviewed resource for authoritative research on understanding the social, behavioral, and psychological impact of today’s social networking practices, including Twitter, Facebook, and internet gaming and commerce. The Journal is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, Interactive Media Institute, and other leading investigators. View the entire editorial board.

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