Immersive Storytelling: Lecture 2 Response

In this week’s lecture, there were several points that Nicholas discussed that interested me. The first is selective attention. When Nicholas showed us the gorilla test, I was one of the few students who did not notice the gorilla at all since I was completely focused on the task to count the number of ball passes – I completely unconsciously blocked out all other visual stimuli because of the task I was given, which I found very fascinating. I learned that just by establishing a set of rules, people can be put into an immersive experience even though it is just a simple task of counting ball passes. A term that was introduced to me and resonates with me is flow state, which is when a person performing an activity is fully immersed in energized focus, involvement, and enjoyment to the point where he or she can lose track of time. This is completely relatable because I found myself in this immersed state of mind when I am sewing, drawing, and even socializing with friends.

Another point that interested me was and immersion from engagement. I can completely relate to the example of how Nicholas loses track of time while playing Super Hexagon because I felt completely the same when I play a favorite childhood game, Tap Tap Revenge. When our brain gets used to the activity, our perception of time becomes slower and therefore immersive.

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