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Research Participants wanted !

Study: Correlating different road conditions to the physiological sensory data of micro-mobility user



Have you ever been interested in knowing how our behaviour differs when we are interacting with the real world and the digital worlds in virtual reality?

Great news! We are currently recruiting participants for our next exciting study, where we look at the differences in brain activity and behaviour when riding an e-scooter in virtual reality and in real life. 

If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to take part in two experimental sessions (at two separate days), lasting no longer than 90 minutes each. Firstly, you will ride a customised e-scooter indoors at the Institute for Transport (BOKU) as well as in virtual reality environment in the lab. Secondly, you will ride an e-scooter outdoors at one of the possible locations – Schottenring or Radmotorikpark Kaisermühlen.


During the study you will be able to see your own brainwaves and heart rate data and on top of that you will be rewarded with Sodexo vouchers worth €20 after completing two sessions.


As a part of the study:

  • You will be asked some sensitive questions as a requirement of EEG procedure e.g. your drinking habits. The information will be kept confidential.

  • The Polar H10 chest strap will be placed on your chest to measure your heart rate during the experiment.

  • The mobile EEG device Enobio will be placed on your head to measure your brainwaves during the experiment.

  • Results from the study will be used to establish factors that influence decision-making while riding an e-scooter as well as the impact of the setting on the brain activity (real life vs. virtual reality).

  • You will be asked to fill questionnaires such as the Screening Questionnaire and Post-Experiment Questionnaire.


EEG or Polar H10 chest strap does not result in any health and safety hazards. 

If you wish to sign up, please select an available time slot using the following link:


The criteria listed below outline essential prerequisites of the study:

  • Over 18 years of age

  • No previous history of mental health conditions;

  • No previous history of severe brain injury, brain surgery

  • No previous history of taking any neurological/psychotropic medication;

  • No previous history of cardiovascular related (heart) problems

  • Must not be taking any medication for psychiatric/neurological illness

  • Must not have any history of visual disorder (partial or complete blindness, visual disturbances, etc.) or motor disorder (tremors, spasms, etc.)

  • Must not have dreadlocks, cornrows, or thick curly or wavy hair as this will interfere with the EEG recording

  • Must not be prone to adverse reactions to minor skin irritations or suffering from a skin condition.

  • Must not be sensitive to motion or simulation sickness.

We look forward to hearing from you !

It is important to note that should you decide to take part you will be free to withdraw at any stage during the experiment and in such a scenario you will be paid according to the time you have spent performing the study. If you take part and would like to withdraw your data for any reason, you are free to do so until 28th February 2022 – when data analysis will commence. This study is part of a research project and has ethical approval from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. 


For more information please contact the research team at email:


Please note the study is conducted in English language.

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Research Participants wanted !

Correlating different road conditions to the physiological sensory data of micro-mobility users

Address: Institute for Transport Studies (IVe), Ilse Wallentin-Haus, Peter Jordan Straße 82/III, 1190 Wien

Thank you very much for your interest in our study. Enclosed you will find information regarding this study, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on the above email address.

The aim of the study is to improve our understanding on dynamic behaviour of e-scooter riders and its neural correlates to explore how it influences their riding choices by measuring brain activity while performing the task using wet electrode EEG and physiological processing of cycling behaviour through the heart rate measurement using the Polar H10 chest strap.


During the study you will be able to see your own brainwaves and heart rate data and on top of that you will be rewarded with Sodexo vouchers worth €20 after completing two sessions.


If you agree to participate:

  • You will be asked to attend two testing sessions, lasting no longer than 90 min.

  • During the first session, you will be asked to perform riding tasks in virtual reality using an e-scooter (Ninebot E25E) in Ilse-Wallentin-Haus and in an outdoor setting nearby the university premises. These tasks will be repeated several times and we will not determine your riding capability but rather want you to give us your impression of each task.

  • Moreover, each participant will attend an outdoor testing session which will take place at Schottenring.

  • For the session at Schottenring, you will be asked to ride an e-scooter along the whole stretch of Schottenring (starting at the corner where Haus am Schottentor is located toward the Danube and back) on a bicycle lane (see Figure 1).








Figure 1: Experimental site at Schottenring (marked in yellow).

  • Along all the sessions (real and virtual) we will record electrical activity from your scalp using wet electrode EEG and the heart rate using ECG chest strap.

  • You will be given practice trials at the beginning of the experiment so that you can familiarise yourself with the equipment and to ask any questions before the experiment begins.

  • The risk involved in the experiment does not exceed an ordinary level of risk associated with any regular travel activities that you do on a daily basis.

To sign up:

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