Issue No.07 - July (2014 vol.47)
Mel Slater , ICREA and University of Barcelona
Maria V. Sanchez-Vives , ICREA and IDIBAPS
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2014.198
Cognitive neuroscientists have discovered through various experiments that our body representation is surprisingly flexible. Multisensory body illusions work well in immersive virtual reality, and recent findings suggest that they offer both a powerful tool for neuroscience and a new path for future exploration. The first Web extra at http://youtu.be/rf39t1iV0Ao is a video showing how embodying adults in a virtual child's body can cause overestimation of object sizes and implicit attitude changes. The second Web extra at http://youtu.be/H9-il4cx2mA is a video showing how embodying adults in virtual reality with different avatars can affect their drumming performance. The third Web extra at http://youtu.be/DEofSgdv3Nc is a video showing embodiment in a virtual body that "substitutes" the person's own body. This experiment suggested that embodying light-skinned people in a dark-skinned virtual body led to a reduction in their implicit racial bias.
Rubber, Avatars, Mirrors, Virtual environments, Real-time systems, Head,virtualization, body ownership, virtual reality, virtual environments, virtual body ownership, rubber hand illusion, visualization
Mel Slater, Maria V. Sanchez-Vives, "Transcending the Self in Immersive Virtual Reality", Computer, vol.47, no. 7, pp. 24-30, July 2014, doi:10.1109/MC.2014.198