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Volunteer for a mother to child embodiment study in an immersive virtual reality environment

This study will explore whether an immersive virtual reality environment can recreate the feelings of a young child in mothers.

Immersive virtual reality environments are increasingly being shown to facilitate physical, cognitive and emotional experiences similar to their real life counterparts. This study explores whether such an environment can recreate in mothers the feelings and experience of being a young child.


To be eligible to participate in this study, you must:

  • be a mother of at least one child who is aged between 0 and 5 years old
  • not have a diagnosis of epilepsy
  • not receive support from social care in relation to your child(ren)

Participants who suffer from motion sickness are advised not to take part but can do if they so wish.

What's involved in the study

Participants will be required to come to the Psychology Virtual Reality Lab (10 West) at the University of Bath on two separate occasions, one week apart. On both occasions participants will wear a virtual reality headset which will immerse them in the body of a young child. During this time they will have the opportunity to explore a virtual environment.

Participants will be in the virtual environment for no longer than 15 minutes. Both before and after exploring the virtual environment participants will complete some questionnaires. If you wish to find out more, further information is available.

What you'll get for taking part

Participants will be paid £10 for taking part. You are also helping researchers to understand whether it is possible to use virtual environments to work with parents who struggle to understand the world from a child’s perspective.


All participant data will be anonymised and handled in accordance with a data management plan approved by the Psychology Ethics Board. This study has received ethical approval1.

We are accepting participants until April 2020.

If you're interested in taking part, please get in touch

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If you have any questions about this research study, please contact the lead researcher.

1The study has been approved by the Psychology Research Ethics Committee. Ethics approval code 19-102.