The Fantasy of Added Immersion Through Interactivity
With the rise of advanced computer technology the terms interactive movie and immersion are used more and more these days and people are getting used to the relation between the two. Many seem to be convinced that interaction is immersion enhancing. However to this day there has been no scientific study to confirm or deny any relation between the two concepts. In order to make any kind of significant argument, research must be undertaken to determine if this relationship exists. Situation Awareness can be related to immersion and can be measured using a SAGAT test. In a driving simulator we created two identical testing situations with a single varying factor, namely interaction. We measured the situation awareness (SA) of subjects in both situations using the SAGAT method and determined if the interaction was of any influence on the SA. We were not able to make any concrete statements on this relationship; however this paper does give a good example of a testing method for this case and a good starting point for future research in this field.
Peter Remmerswaal, "The Fantasy of Added Immersion Through Interactivity", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2008