Scientists Built a Virtual Reality ‘Holodeck’ for Lab Animals

Researchers have created an environment for experimenting on animals that appears to be effective at generating convincing illusions of the natural world.

August 24, 2017
7:15 AM EDT
The experimenters control the fly’s position [red circles] and its flight direction by providing strong visual motion stimuli. Left: live camera footage, Right: plot of flight positions. |
Elevated O-maze assay for VR height aversion experiments in mice. The experimenters tested if mice are afraid of virtual heights and found they respond spend most of their time over shallow depths in both VR and real-world conditions. |
VR arena for freely swimming fish. | IMP/IMBA Graphics Department,