We Are Avatars: Our Online Psyches Are Leaking into Meatspace
By Austin Considine | Motherboard
[...] People get involved when they watch sports, almost as though theyre experiencing those things themselves. But what about when were observing something we know isnt realvirtual reality, for instance?
Anyone whos played any kind of video game knows we feel some vicarious involvement when were playing. But researchers at the University of Michigan and Penn State have taken that notion a step further, illustrating just how little our brain distinguishes between what were experiencing and whats on the screen.
According to a study released today, our assumptions about what our avatars are feeling may actually alter our perception of that virtual worldsimilar to the way our bodily experiences can affect perception in the real world.
Most of us are familiar with real life examples of how bodily experiences like emotion and physical strain can affect our perception. Legal anecdotes and ample research show that eyewitness testimony is famously unreliable, in part because memory can be distorted by emotion and prejudice.
A study published in 2009 suggested that people view heights as being significantly greater when viewed from above (the riskier view) than from below (the safer view). Likewise, previous studies suggest that the incline of a hill, for example, appears steeper when were wearing a heavy backpack than when we arenta phenomenon known as embodied perception.
An avatar, as Michigan State Universitys Frank Biocca argued in 1997, is the representational medium for the mind. Taking a cue from the kinds of virtual reality training undertaken in the military and by athletes, researchers for the new study guessed that the links between whats going on in these outward representations of our minds would be intimately linked with this phenomenon of embodied perception.
Turns out they were right, but only under certain conditions. For example, a user wearing a backpack in real life was no more likely to view a virtual hill as steeper than someone not wearing one. Users whose randomly-assigned avatars were wearing virtual backpacks, likewise, did not perceive virtual hills as significantly steeper than users whose randomly-assigned avatars werent wearing them.
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