DiVE – Smoking

» Smoking and How it Changes the Brain

An adventure in the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment

Developed with SEDAPA funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

This web-based interactive 3D virtual experience will help students learn how smoking cigarettes changes the brain. Developed using virtual reality software that runs the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE) , the program is completely interactive for use online by the general public, including high school students in biology, health education, or even neuroscience.

Travel into the avatar’s brain to the “reward pathway”. There, you will interact with nicotine molecules to learn how smoking changes receptors for nicotine on the neurons that provide pleasurable feelings. You’ll take a ride along the reward pathway..woo-hoo! It’s the next best thing to “being there”.

There are 2 versions of this program. The first is non-interactive and can be accessed by watching a short movie from the perspective of a gamer already inside the DiVE (all interactivity has already been performed by a gamer inside the DiVE). The viewer sees the gamer’s actual interactions with objects. The second version is interactive, and we give the control to you. You see exactly what you would see if you were inside the DiVE.

The non-interactive version: To see what a “gamer” is actually seeing and doing while using the program inside the DiVE, click here.

Note: It takes a few minutes to load the mp4 movie file. Please be patient.

The interactive version (2 parts): To use the program yourself online, click part 1 or click part 2. Use your mouse to “play”.

Note: The first time you use the program, a virtual reality plug-in (free) will download to your computer. At this time, the program may not work on all MACs.