How Your Brain Guides You Through Virtual Reality

How Your Brain Guides You Through Virtual Reality
July 13, 2017

If you're feeling lost about what happens inside a VR headset, you can count on your brain's’ internal GPS to guide you through virtual reality experiences. Here, we dive head(set) first into the neuroscience and psychology of VR. 

BrainCraft was created by Vanessa Hill (@nessyhill) and is brought to you by PBS Digital Studios. Talking psychology, neuroscience & why we act the way we do. 

Camera: Dominique Taylor
Fact-checking: Bahar Gholipour
Virtual Reality Pilot: Louis Costa

Thanks to and YouTube Space NY for helping out with this production.

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