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Transcending the Self in Immersive Virtual Reality

Slater, M; Sanchez-Vives, MV; (2014) Transcending the Self in Immersive Virtual Reality. Computer , 47 (7) pp. 24-30. 10.1109/MC.2014.198. Green open access

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Abstract

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. Because virtual reality is entirely programmed, the form or type of virtual body can be quite different from the participant's actual body, which can impact perception, attitudes, and behavior. A dramatic example of this is when adults inhabiting a virtual child's body overestimate the size of objects and demonstrate implicit attitude and behavioral changes that seem more child-like, but in an adult body the same size as that of a child, they do not exhibit such changes. Here we review the emerging field of body representation and its implications for a new, powerful virtual reality paradigm.

Type: Article
Title: Transcending the Self in Immersive Virtual Reality
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/MC.2014.198
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/MC.2014.198
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: Rubber, Avatars, Mirrors, Virtual environments, Real-time systems, Head
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/10073443
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