Virtual Reality Visualization Model (VRVM) of the Tricarboxylic Acid (TCA) Cycle of Carbohydrate Metabolism for Medical Biochemistry Education

Seunghyun Kim, Ryoun Heo, Yeonji Chung, Jung Min Kim, Michelle P. Kwon, Sung Chul Seo, Gil-Hong Park, Meyoung-Kon Kim

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A major goal of education is to help students retain as much meaningful information as possible for long periods of time. The learning process by which students acquire new knowledge and behaviors is closely related to memory, which is the core of cognition. In a previous study, we developed virtual reality visualization model (VRVM) that can be applied to address difficulties with learning medical biochemistry. Validation and evaluation studies are necessary to assess the usefulness of VRVM. The purpose of the present study is to apply VRVM and evaluate its effectiveness in a real educational environment. We modeled and verified the concept of spatiotemporality of information obtained through VRVM, which augments memories in linkage with hippocampal-centered networks while helping students to transition to higher-order thinking. The effectiveness of VRVM of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, an onerous topic for medical students, was compared with that of traditional educational methods. The experimental group used VRVM to learn the TCA cycle, while the control group learned from PowerPoint (Microsoft Co., Redmond, WA, USA) presentations using 2-dimensional (2D) diagrams. Evaluations of short-term and long-term memory indicated that learning using VRVM was more effective than learning through traditional lecture-based methods, and that VRVM resulted in better recall compared to traditional methods. Our findings suggest that VRVM can be applied when teaching students about the complicated TCA cycle, and that it helps medical students to improve their recall of carbohydrate metabolism in the context of medical biochemistry studies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Science Education and Technology
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Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

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Virtual reality
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Data storage equipment
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Carbohydrate Metabolism
Citric Acid Cycle
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Keywords

  • Medical biochemistry
  • Spatial cognition
  • Spatiotemporality
  • Tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle
  • Virtual reality (VR)

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  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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Virtual Reality Visualization Model (VRVM) of the Tricarboxylic Acid (TCA) Cycle of Carbohydrate Metabolism for Medical Biochemistry Education. / Kim, Seunghyun; Heo, Ryoun; Chung, Yeonji; Kim, Jung Min; Kwon, Michelle P.; Seo, Sung Chul; Park, Gil-Hong; Kim, Meyoung-Kon.

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