and Fuchs currently research ways to use
virtual environments to train people for
dangerous occupations, such as fire fight-
ing or military operations.
"We are also working on ways of
measuring precisely when the VR illusion
is working, and how well, by measuring
bodily functions such as heart rate and
increase and palm sweat in a stressful vir-
tual situation," Brooks added.
Brooks' work contrasts starkly with the
popular image of virtual reality as an
entertainment medium. When asked about
the increasing use of virtual reality for
garnes, he said, "I think it's inevitable."
Then he paused."It's not something I
feel particularly called upon to spend my
In Brooks' office is
a metal box with
six switches. On
the shelf above the
box sit six clocks,
each one set to a
He resets the
Brooks' way of
tracking how he
spends his time.
'I love what I do'
In addition to his research work,
Brooks usually teaches two classes a year.
In his department, he notes, two or three
classes is a standard load for professors
with active research programs.
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