Virtual Environment: For Learning or for Training?

A Cognitive Approach
  • Thierry Morineau
  • Paul Gorzerino
  • Jean-Paul Papin
Part of the Defense Research Series book series (DRSS, volume 6)


Learning deals with new inputs coming from environment. Training involves mainly human outputs within environment. So, we want to assess the influence of virtual context on human input/output process via memory.

Experiments in Psychology found evidence of a context-dependent effect in memory process. Environment seems to play a role in acquisition and retrieval of informations and thus in learning and recall of informations.

In this experiment, we examine retention performance of words in a virtual environment and when environment changes from virtuality to reality and vice versa. No context-dependent effect is found, except a performance decrement of learning in virtual environment, but not on recall. Consequences are also discussed.


Virtual Reality Virtual Environment Real Environment Performance Decrement Central Item 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thierry Morineau
    • 1
  • Paul Gorzerino
    • 1
  • Jean-Paul Papin
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre Facteurs Humains Etablissement Technique d’AngersDGA/DSTIFrance

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