Speaker "Nina Jane Patel" Details Back



Towards an understanding of the psychological and physiological impact of immersive virtual environments.


Despite the abundance of research that supports the efficacy of Virtual Reality (VR) in applications for gaming, entertainment, healthcare education and the process of understanding VR as an emotional space that fosters the health, wellness and ways to harness the technology to allow children to flourish. Despite the abundance of research that supports the advancement of Virtual Reality (VR) in applications for gaming, entertainment, healthcare and education there is minimal research working towards a process of understanding VR that fosters the health, wellness and associated methodologies that harness these technological advancements to foster and support children to flourish in trusted and safe digital environments. As Head of Metaverse Research for Kabuni and PhD researcher at University of Reading, Nina Jane Patel, is developing methodologies to understand the psychological and physiological effects of immersion, presence and embodiment of children in virtual reality. Prioritizing safety and trust as a platform, Kabuni is dedicated to unlocking the design potential of every child, and elevating their life to intentional and meaningful engagement with technology. We are engaging educators, parents/caregivers and learners to co-create and define an evidenced based methodology for integration and implementation of immersive technologies into the classroom and the home. As an Embodiment/Movement Psychotherapist, Nina has spent two decades working at the intersection of mind/body connection, mental health, culture and technology.
Who is this presentation for?
Those interested in the shaping the future for the benefit of humanity.

What you'll learn?
The current state of research in this area and recommendations for future investment of research, prioritising safety and trust in the Metaverse.


Considered cutting-edge in her field, and a thought leader on the implications of safety, psychology and physiology of human interaction in the Metaverse, Nina has been featured in Financial Times, India Times, CNBC, Newsy, British Vogue, Glamour Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Grid, Moneycontrol, USAToday, Good Morning America, The Independent, NewsWeek, New York Post, TechCrunch, and The Insider. Nina Jane Patel is the co-founder and VP of Metaverse Research for Kabuni - on a mission to unlock the design potential in every child, and elevate life. We are dedicated to providing the safest space in the Metaverse for kids aged 8-16 to LEARN, GROW & EXPLORE - within a classroom environment and at home. Designed for children to improve retention, engagement, speed, and health - based on our unique, evidence based methodologies. A board registered Movement Psychotherapist and a fellow with the RSA, ISPA, and APAP, Patel is a doctoral scholar and received the Wilkie Calvert Scholars award - “Unlocking the Potential of Immersive Experiences for the Future of Human Society: Investigating the physiological and psychological impact of the Metaverse." Working at the intersection of culture, mental health and technology and an advocate for innovation, creativity, education and mental health - Nina has collaborated with artists, body-based practitioners and technologists to generate innovate projects, programs, performances and consultations to consider the how exponential technologies will alter representational forms of human movement and interaction in the near future. Examining multi-identity evolutions of human movement within the context of a world in which virtual and physical spaces are increasingly blended. Considerations of the body and human interaction within intercultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary explorations of a near future of collaborations co-existing with AI, avatars, immersive worlds, telepresence and real-time presence within creative places, cultural environments, interactive entertainment and play spaces and its cumulative impact. In 2022, Nina was commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts, Greenhouse Digital, for new research investigating the relationship of the body, creativity, movement and self-expression in the Metaverse. Listen to Nina's podcast: Elevate Life - The Metaverse in Motion Find Nina on social: LinkedIn: Twitter: Medium: Website: | Most recent publications: Vogue Metro Financial Times The Independent The Free Press Journal On US TV: Morning Rush - Safety in the Metaverse .mp4 NBC News Evening Debrief US International Women's Day: Metaverse needs to be made safer, with an urgency These were based on my original writing here: Original Medium Posts -