Augmented Reality as a Tool for Studying Visual Plasticity: 2009 to 2018

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Augmented reality (AR) has developed rapidly since its conception less than 30 years ago and is now a hot topic for both consumers and scientists. Although much attention has been paid to its application in industry, medicine, education, and entertainment, the use of AR in psychological research has been less noted. In this article, we survey recent progress in basic research that uses AR to explore the plasticity of the adult visual system. We focus on a particular application of AR called altered reality, which has been used to shed new light on mechanisms of long-term contrast adaptation and ocular-dominance plasticity. The results suggest that AR could also be a useful tool for the treatment of visual disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)574-580
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants 31571112, 31371030, 31871104, and 31830037) and the National Science Foundation (Grant BCS1558308).

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  • altered reality
  • augmented reality
  • contrast adaptation
  • ocular dominance
  • visual plasticity


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