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Using virtual reality to gauge citizens’ faith in law enforcement in Lagos, Nigeria

By | 2019-05-14T16:04:35+00:00 May 14th, 2019|News, Students|

MIT News –

To a resume rich in policy and security studies, work experience, and publications, Andrew Miller may now add the unlikely skill of video production. While investigating the impact of gang violence on Lagos, Nigeria, the sixth-year political science doctoral candidate came up with an innovative research tool: immersive, virtual reality (VR) videos.

“This was the first time VR was deployed in a large-scale field survey,” says Miller, a PhD candidate in the MIT Department of Political Science. “Using VR video vignettes, we could immerse respondents in hypothetical scenarios, which helped elicit their real-world emotions when answering questions about these scenarios.”

Miller’s foray into production evolved as part of his multi-year doctoral study into the ways criminal organizations wield influence in communities.