Do virtual reality experiences affect mood?

Volunteers are needed for a new research study investigating the effects of virtual reality on mood.

With the help of virtual reality games, this research project is investigating the effect of virtual reality interactive experiences on mood and anxious symptoms in the general population. The aim of the study is to help inform psychological therapy delivered on virtual reality.

Take part

To be eligible for this research study, you must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • have normal or corrected to normal hearing and vision
  • not suffer from epilepsy or any health problems that make you prone to seizures which might be triggered by the games

What you'll get

  • You have a 1/36 chance of winning a £50 prize draw for taking part in the lab visit
  • You'll have the opportunity to engage with state-of-the-art virtual reality technology
  • You'll take part in important psychological research
  • Tea and biscuits will be provided (please inform us of dietary requirements)

What's involved

This study involves two games played on a computer as well as the virtual reality headset, taking place in the Virtual Reality (VR) lab in 10 West, University of Bath.


Prior to the session, you will be emailed one questionnaire to fill in, the data of which will be anonymised by participant number. You will then be asked to visit the VR lab for approximately one hour, where you will experience two games in high quality virtual reality. During this time, you will be given more questionnaires.

The study will take between one hour and one hour and a half, including filling out the questionnaires.

Take part in this study

If you would like to take part in this research study or if you have any questions, please get in touch with the researcher.


All information and data provided will remain strictly confidential and all reports will be anonymised. This research has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee (18-034​).