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    Using VR technologies to investigate the flexibility of human self-conception

    Alsmith, A.J.T. and Longo, Matthew R. (2019) Using VR technologies to investigate the flexibility of human self-conception. In: Fischer, E. and Curtis, M. (eds.) Methodological Advances in Experimental Philosophy. Advances in Experimental Philosophy. London, UK: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781350068995.

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    This chapter will focus on the claim that our self-conception is flexible, such that our thoughts about ourselves do not ultimately determine what kind of thing we are. We will review virtual reality research that seems promising as a means of investigating our self-conception. But we will raise certain key methodological issues with this research in so far as it might serve to demonstrate flexibility. Specifically, these issues concern (1) the possibility that any flexibility demonstrated in the use of the self-concept might simply reflect the flexibility of the imagination; (2) the fact that when we think about our bodies as ourselves, we do not necessarily identify with the body simpliciter, rather our thinking is structured around particular parts.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Bloomsbury Academic, available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 12:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:43


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