Virtual reality (VR) and Augmented realty (AR) technologies have the potential to radically augment human cognitive abilities. This paper explores four central concepts of the applications of VR and AR as cognitive tools for learning. First, the current state of VR and AR technologies, their evolution and applications are reviewed. Second, the role of cognitive tools to augment human abilities including the application of and role of motion controls and natural user interfaces (NUI) are outlined. Third, the cognitive correlates of immersion, interaction, and presence are explored as they relate to psychological and cognitive theory. Finally, the applications of VR and AR technologies to augment human cognition for learning are explored.

Zap, N. & Code, J. (2016). Virtual and augmented reality as cognitive tools for learning. In C. Fulford & G. Veletsianos et al. (Eds.), Proceeding of the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2016 (pp. TBD). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.