Investigating and acquiring motor expertise using virtual reality
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After just months of simulated training, on January 19, 2019 a 23-year-old E-sports pro-gamer, Enzo Bonito, took to the racetrack and beat Lucas di Grassi, a Formula E and ex-Formula 1 driver with decades of real-world racing experience. This event raised the possibility that practicing in virtual reality can be surprisingly effective for acquiring motor expertise in real-world tasks. Here, we evaluate the potential of virtual reality to serve as a space for training to expert levels in highly complex real-world tasks in time windows much shorter than those required in the real world and at much lower financial cost without the hazards of the real world. We also discuss how VR can also serve as an experimental platform for exploring the science of expertise more generally.
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Journal of Neurophysiology
Mangalam, Madhur, Mathew Yarossi, Mariusz P. Furmanek, John W. Krakauer, and Eugene Tunik. "Investigating and acquiring motor expertise using virtual reality." Journal of Neurophysiology 129, 6 (2023). doi: 10.1152/jn.00088.2023.