Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Swan II, J. Edward

Committee Member

Rahimi, Shahram

Committee Member

Bethel, Cindy

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Most current augmented reality (AR) displays present content at a fixed focal demand. At the same time, real-world stimuli can occur at a variety of focal distances. To integrate information, users need to switch eye focus between virtual and real-world information continuously. Previously, Gabbard, Mehra, and Swan (2018) examined these issues, using a text-based visual search task on a monocular AR display. This thesis replicated and extended the previous experiment by including a new experimental variable stereopsis (stereo, mono) and fully crossing the variables of context switching and focal distance switching, using AR haploscope. The results from the monocular condition indicate successful replication, which is consistent with the hypothesis that the findings are a general property of AR. The outcome of the stereo condition supports the same adverse effects of context switching and focal distance switching. Further, participants have better performance and less eye fatigue in the stereo condition compared to the monocular condition.