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ERIC Number: EJ935467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1043-4046
Is Virtual Reality a Useful Tool in the Teaching of Physiology?
Richardson, Daniel
Advances in Physiology Education, v35 n2 p117-119 Jun 2011
This opinion statement points out some of the considerations and pitfalls in using virtual reality computer programs in the teaching of life sciences. Emphasis is placed on the possibility of such programs leading to reductionist thinking including how reductionist thinking could foster the formation of misconceptions. Negative feedback is used as the classic example of reductionist thinking in physiological regulation, including how classic negative feedback is inconsistent with evidence of complexity in living systems. This statement concludes that virtual reality can be a useful tool in the teaching of physiology so long as the complexity of living systems is taken into account.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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