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Changing bodies changes minds: owning another body affects social cognition

Meister, L; Slater, M; Sanchez-Vives, MV; Tsakiris, M; (2015) Changing bodies changes minds: owning another body affects social cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences , 19 (1) pp. 6-12. 10.1016/j.tics.2014.11.001. Green open access

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Abstract

Research on stereotypes demonstrates how existing prejudice affects the way we process outgroups. Recent studies have considered whether it is possible to change our implicit social bias by experimentally changing the relationship between the self and outgroups. In a number of experimental studies, participants have been exposed to bodily illusions that induced ownership over a body different to their own with respect to gender, age, or race. Ownership of an outgroup body has been found to be associated with a significant reduction in implicit biases against that outgroup. We propose that these changes occur via a process of self association that first takes place in the physical, bodily domain as an increase in perceived physical similarity between self and outgroup member. This self association then extends to the conceptual domain, leading to a generalization of positive self-like associations to the outgroup.

Type: Article
Title: Changing bodies changes minds: owning another body affects social cognition
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.11.001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2014.11.001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: body ownership, racial biases, implicit attitudes, social cognition, bodily illusions, immersive virtual reality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073429
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