NaturePodcast made a great video on the use of “human lab rats” and virtual reality in neuroscience. Among two other neuroscience labs our VR lab at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience was also visited and is presented by Tobias Navarro Schroeder:
Virtual-reality technology is being used to decode the inner workings of the human brain. By tasking people and rodents with solving puzzles inside virtual spaces, neuroscientists hope to learn how the brain navigates the environment and remembers spatial information. In this documentary, Shamini Bundell visits three neuroscience labs that are using virtual-reality technology to explore the brain. She uncovers the many benefits — and unsolved challenges — of performing experiments in virtual worlds.