Body Swapping

Discussion in 'Psychology' started by Teh_Shadrin, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. Teh_Shadrin

    Teh_Shadrin New Member

    Ghost in the Shell

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0003832

    Found this on slashdot. Very interesting. Basically, some scientists have managed to convince experiment subjects that the body of a mannequin was their own, and even managed to continue the illusion when they shook hands with themselves.

    Also, gender seemed to make no difference. Both males and females reacted similarly to the male mannequin, and to the female experimenter.

    It also did not work with a non-human looking object.

    Slashdot says "The effect could prove useful in virtual reality applications and in robot technology", but aside from practical applications, this is very interesting theoretically to me.

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