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Accuracy of Perceived Distance in VR Using Verbal Descriptors

Verbal descriptors used by participants when describing audio-visual distance match and mismatch conditions in cinematic VR are analyzed to expose underlying similarities and structures. The participants are analyzed from two perspectives: accuracy in auditory distance discrimination and audio expertise. Similarities are found in the verbal descriptors used between accurate groups and inaccurate groups, as opposed to groups split by expertise. We propose the use of descriptors can be explained by internalized certainty. Audio experts and non-experts were equally likely to be accurate or consistent, thus audio expertise is not synonymous with spatial audio expertise, which demands unique consideration.

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