RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS WANTED!  Virtual Reality Study – in your home!  


Virtual Reality Study – in your home!  

Do you like VR Desktop Gaming? Do you like nature?  

Are you tired of working all day on your PC without a break? 

Participate in the Work Breaks, Health, and Performance – Online Study  

STUDY00001980 approved at the University of Central Florida  


Consider volunteering to help researchers from the University of Central Florida test examine the effects of physical activity and time in nature in the comfort of your home on health impacts of active work breaks using virtual nature models. If you own a PC with a graphics card capable of playing Epic Games, or other Unreal Engine created environments, then you have the equipment needed to participate, virtually from your home!

Please consider volunteering for this study, Monday – Friday between 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM EST. You can choose a date and time that are convenient for you. In this study you will be asked to complete short online surveys, complete a problem solving task, and complete a break that may or may not contain light physical activity (walking) and exposure to virtual or real nature.

How to Participate: 

  • Pre-register by completing informed consent and the baseline survey here: []
  • After completing the baseline survey, you will receive instructions to schedule your one-hour online session. The online session will be conducted via Zoom®.
  • We will virtually help you to access and install any virtual reality software.
  • You are allowed to keep an educational copy of the software for your future use and enjoyment!
  • You will receive a $10 electronic Amazon gift card.

In order to participate you must:

  • Work at least part-time
  • Be able to comfortably walk for at least 20 minutes (and be willing to take a walk outside).
  • Must have access to safe space to walk outdoors.
  • Have a virtual reality (or a dedicated graphics card for running Unreal Engine), compatible computer at home:
    • System Requirements Minimum:
    • GeForce® GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
    • 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 processor
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • SDD or HDD: 2 GB
  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Corrected to normal vision and normal hearing
  • Have at least one hour during or immediate after your workday to participate


For questions about this study, please contact Dr. Kristin Horan at