Virtual Reality versus the Flight or Freeze response

Join us at Learning Technologies Exhibition for a great seminar titled: “Virtual Reality versus the Flight or Freeze response”

When: 13th February 2019 – 3.30pm

Where: Theatre 9 – Learning Technologies at the Excel London

Who: Colin Metcalfe, Performance Design, SiyonaTech

A famous national football manager once commented: “You can never recreate on the training ground the circumstances of the penalty shootout.” Was he right and does that rule apply for other environments where non-specialised personnel might be called upon to step up and perform a critical function during an uncommon and stressful event?

Sometimes these individuals confront the challenge chance has chosen to impart upon them, but sometimes they don’t.

This session considers:

  • What makes an individual: Fight, Flight or Freeze?
  • Why have these options developed for our species, and are they always as good or as bad as they first seem?
  • What personalities are prone to choosing what responses?
  • Can conditioning / training do anything to manage responses and steer employees towards a specific behaviour?

In particular can Virtual Reality (VR), with its ability to create stressful environments overcome the psychological reaction of individuals when confronted with obstacles they have never encountered before, and will probably never encounter again for the rest of their working life?

About Colin

Colin is originally an aircraft engineer who went on to teach at military academies, FE Colleges, and Comprehensive schools. In 1995 he graduated from Oxford Brookes College with a BA in Professional Studies in Education.

In 2000 he left the classroom to move into Learning Design and eLearning. He worked for several new media companies until 2009 when he set up his own Learning Design company.

At SiyonaTech he works in Performance Design and is spearheading their Virtual Reality trial for Aircraft Fire-Fighting programmes.

Whilst you’re at Learning Technologies, drop by our stand and say ‘hi’ to find out more about our solutions and try out some of our immersive training experiences for yourself! You’ll find us on stand N25, we look forward to seeing you there!


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