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TSU scientists want to adapt humans to life in virtual worlds

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийTSU scientists want to adapt humans to life in virtual worlds

TOMSK, Sep 10 – RIA Tomsk. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Tomsk State University (TSU) intends to find out the specifics of psychological stress formation in people forced to live and work both in the real and virtual worlds and develop technologies to preserve psychological well-being in these conditions, the university's press service reported on Friday.

It is noted that with global digitalization and the transition of a large part of human life into the online space, many people have a gradual increase in psychological stress. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition of business and educational processes to virtual reality has become particularly rapid.

"The task of the research, which is planned to involve TSU scientists of various profiles - physiologists, psychologists, IT specialists and others - is to study mechanisms of mutual influence of the digital and real world on the mental sphere and physical state of a person, on his cognitive functions and communication abilities," reports the university's press service.

Scientists compare the complexity of multiple transitions from one reality to another to changes in climate or altitude. For example, when a person who lives on the plains goes up to the mountains, he needs time to adapt. At the same time, all of his or her systems - cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous and others - suffer. The situation is similar in the transition from the virtual world to the real world, but the stress is on mental health.

"Whether we like it or not, each of us lives in multiple work or study chats, sometimes confusingly so. We have a growing syndrome of information overload. Finding and ensuring a balance between the real world and online is becoming more and more difficult," Head of the Department of Sports and Health Tourism, Sports Physiology and Medicine of the TSU Faculty of Physical Education Leonid Kapilevich is quoted.

The obtained data may form the basis for the development of approaches and principles of psychological and physical adaptation of a person to existence in two realities and transitions between them. Scientists have already created a preliminary groundwork - in previous years they studied the specifics of the impact of physical exercises on the cognitive functions of athletes and the specifics of people's behavior in the Internet space.

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