Evaluation of the effectiveness of virtual aggression de-escalation training

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About Evaluation of the effectiveness of virtual aggression de-escalation training

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G4S is the leading global integrated security company specialising in the provision of security products, services and solutions. In collaboration with the company IC3D Media, G4S launched a project aiming to develop a virtual reality-based training system for security personnel and public service workers (e.g., in public transport). Using this system, employees will be able to train their (verbal) aggression de-escalation skills in 1:1 settings by communicating with a virtual character.

Aim of this project

An open question is still to what extent such training is effective. The current project seeks Bachelor and Master students that are interested in contributing to the evaluation of the virtual training environment. Questions that can be addressed include:

a. Client/market research

b. Writing of specific modules and training cases

c. What is the impact of virtual training on the human brain?

d. Is it possible to influence human behavior and change this behavior if you regularly train virtual?

e. What are the effects of virtual training versus real life training?

f. How can we make the training as realistic as possible, so is it possible to trick the brain and let it think it is a real training/situation?

g. Is it possible that, in the future, virtual training can replace real life training?

h. Does virtual training really work?

Organisational issues

- The Master project is expected to last about 6 months

- As part of the project, an intership at G4S may be included

- For more information, please contact Tibor Bosse (t.bosse@vu.nl)