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    Where am I in virtual reality?

    van der Veer, A.H. and Alsmith, A.J.T. and Longo, Matthew R. and Wong, H.Y. and Mohler, B.J. (2018) Where am I in virtual reality? PLOS ONE , ISSN 1932-6203. (In Press)

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    It is currently not well understood whether people experience themselves to be located in one or more specific part(s) of their body. Virtual reality (VR) is increasingly used as a tool to study aspects of bodily perception and self-consciousness, due to its strong experimental control and ease in manipulating multi-sensory aspects of bodily experience. To investigate where people self-locate in their body within virtual reality, we asked participants to point directly at themselves with a virtual pointer, in a VR headset. In previous work employing a physical pointer, participants mainly located themselves in the upper face and upper torso. In this study, using a VR headset, participants mainly located themselves in the upper face. In an additional body template task where participants pointed at themselves on a picture of a simple body outline, participants pointed most often to the upper torso, followed by the (upper) face. These results raise the question as to whether head-mounted virtual reality might alter where people locate themselves making them more “head-centred”.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 08:44
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 07:02


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