Information for Participants in the Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Study

This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee (Project ID Number 0439/002).

The study is directed by Prof. Anthony Steed, Department of Computer Science, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Details of Study

The purpose of the study is to investigate the effectiveness of current virtual reality systems.

The study is for people who own or have access to a Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display or a Google Cardboard device with a suitable phone.

You will put on the head-mounted display. Headphones are advised. The whole experience should take about 5 minutes.


Inside the virtual reality application there will be voice instructions. If you need to respond to a question, the way to do this is to look at one of the possible answers; keeping your gaze on an object for 2 seconds triggers a click.

The first question will be whether you are an adult and whether you consent to data collection. You do not need to consent to data collection. If you do not you will be asked some questions anyway to configure the environment and this data will not be recorded after the experience. If you have consented to data collection we will record your answers to this question.

You will then do the main task. This will involve moving through a series of rooms. Further voice instructions will be given.

After the main task is complete, if you have consented to data collection, some more questions will be asked.

After this, a short screen will show you some information about what you did, and if you consented to data collection, this data will be uploaded to a secure server.

Removal of Data

You have a right to remove data, but because we do not know the identity of any participant, the way that this will need to be done is to remove all the data recorded by a specific device. Please email the team at, who will provide instructions. You will need to have the device that was being used.  See the Data Deletion page for further details.


By taking part in this experiment you are helping us to understand what aspects of virtual reality are important to the users. You are under no obligation to assist in this study, and if you want to stop at any point, please do so. No data is sent from the device until the experiment is completed.

Prolonged use of a head-mounted display may cause eyestrain. This experiment is short and thus there should be no effects. Please refer to the documentation with the GearVR or Google Cardboard for other advice about usage of the equipment.

All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the United Kingdom’s Data Protection Act 1998. The source data will not be publically shared.

This is an on-going study. Please do not discuss the study with others who might take part. Please see our web page for discussion about the results, and a debriefing.

Please proceed to the Consent Form instructions.