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Library for Universal Virtual Reality Experiments: luVRe

LuVRe is a video database designed to provide a standardized set of virtual reality (VR) clips. Our goal is to provide a growing set of clips enabling researchers to study emotional and cognitive processes under realistic conditions, while maintaining experimental control.

Technical details: LuVRe comprises various 3D-360° videos and pictures covering a large variety of emotionally-evocative themes. Each video was recorded with a resolution of 4k at 60 fps and has a length of 30 seconds. Longer videos are available upon request. Watching these videos with a head mounted display (HMD), such as the HTC Vive, Occulus Rift, or with a mobile phone, e.g. Samsung Gear VR, results in an immersive experience. Users can turn their head 360° in a stereoscopic scene. The videos can also be watched with a conventional PC using the GoPro VR Player or the Insta360 Player

Content of the database: LuVRe is constantly growing as new videos and themes are added continuously. Already existing themes include:

  • a diving platform at a swimming pool
  • the inside of a Soviet submarine
  • a dentist appointment
  • close contact with animals such as horses or rhinos, zebras, and meerkats
  • scenes from an emergency room
  • etc.

Purpose and licensing: The database is freely available for researchers at degree-granting institutions for non-profit (psychological) research. It is prohibited to display, further distribute or make the content available to other companies or organizations.

Viewer discretion advised: Standing next to a dead body with the feeling that you only have to stretch out your hand to touch it can be an emotionally charged event that should not be underestimated. The database contains scenes from real life, the sequences from the hospital are not staged, the injuries are real. In our experience, many scenes in 2D seem much more harmless than they are in virtual reality.

Publication: The first edition of complete database will be available as soon as the corresponding paper is accepted for publication. Meanwhile demo material can be download here:

In case you want to use the demo material or or any film from the database for research prior to publication or if you have other questions please contact Dr. Benjamin Schöne

If you want to be notified as soon as the database has been published, please send an email to

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