Contagious Laughter in a Virtual Reality context.

Megan Burkinshaw


A study to find whether contagious laughter occurs in a VR setting. The aim of the study is to find the effect on contagious laughter depending on the gender of the group the participant is surrounded with in relation to the participants’ own gender. The prediction is that people will laugh more contagiously in the presence of their own gender (in-group) but most in the presence of a mixed gender group. This study will inform us about how the phenomenon of contagious laughter is affected by using a VR methodology and to test VR as a methodology in social psychology.