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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title "Transport Me Away": Fostering Flow in Open Offices through Virtual Reality
Organization Unit
  • Anastasia Ruvimova
  • Junhyeok Kim
  • Thomas Fritz
  • Mark Hancock
  • David C Shepherd
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
ISBN 78-1-4503-6708-0/20/04
Event Title CHI '20
Event Type conference
Event Location Honolulu, HI, USA
Event Start Date April 25 - 2020
Event End Date April 30 - 2020
Place of Publication Honolulu, HI, USA
Publisher ACM
Abstract Text Open offices are cost-effective and continue to be popular. However, research shows that these environments, brimming with distractions and sensory overload, frequently hamper productivity. Our research investigates the use of virtual reality (VR) to mitigate distractions in an open office setting and improve one’s ability to be in flow. In a lab study, 35 participants performed visual programming tasks in four combinations of physical (open or closed office) and virtual environments(beach or virtual office). While participants both preferred and were in flow more in a closed office without VR, in an open office, the VR environments outperformed the no VR condition in all measures of flow, performance, and preference. Especially considering the recent rapid advancements in VR, our findings illustrate the potential VR has to improve flow and satisfaction in open offices.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1145/3313831.3376724
Other Identification Number merlin-id:19008
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