Bug off pain: An educational virtual reality game on spider venoms and chronic pain for public engagement

Bibic, Lucka, Druskis, Justinas, Walpole, Samuel, Angulo Alvarez, Jesus ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7250-5639 and Stokes, Leanne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4013-6781 (2019) Bug off pain: An educational virtual reality game on spider venoms and chronic pain for public engagement. Journal of Chemical Education, 96 (7). pp. 1486-1490. ISSN 0021-9584

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Virtual reality (VR) technology has been capturing the public imagination for decades. VR software applications that allow for interactive immersion are emerging as a renowned medium in many areas, including educating the public in biochemistry-related subjects via public engagement events. This report provides information about an immersive, interactive and educational virtual reality (VR) game named Bug Off Pain that increases scientific literacy about chronic pain and spider venoms among the public and high school students. Here, VR was shown to be an innovative and fun approach to learning and public engagement in biochemistry. Bug Off Pain places the viewer inside the brain and shows the molecular system that allows people to sense pain. After securing three (learning) points via the multimedia-based clips, this experience translates to the interactive game. Here, a player has to choose a venom that shuts down the pain until that results in “pain over”. Bug Off Pain can be played (free of charge) on two different VR platforms: Oculus Rift and Android devices.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Molecular and Tissue Pharmacology
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Pharmaceutical Materials and Soft Matter
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 04:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71119
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00905


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