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Virtual and mixed reality inferior to traditional learning in anatomy education

November 20, 2019 / phys

A study from McMaster University has shown that traditional ways of learning anatomy remain superior to those that rely on digital media. The research suggests that virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) are inferior to traditional physical models of learning, and have major disadvantages in cost and functionality. The findings also support the pivotal role of stereoscopic vision—the ability to perceive depth using the slightly different view from each eye—in efficient anatomy learning. The study results were published today in the journal Anatomical Sciences Education. "These newer technologies promise to provide dynamic and vivid imagery that the user can interact with for an active and self-paced learning experience, without having to enter an anatomy laboratory," said Bruce Wainman, first author and director of the education program in anatomy at McMaster.