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The See Change, Stanford Magazine

We are going from essentially no VR to potentially pervasive use of the most powerful medium ever. VHIL studies the consequences of a world where anything can happen at the touch of a button and feel like it’s actually happening.
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Tricking Your Brain in Virtual Reality, Tested

We experience a VHIL demo that alters our sense of body (proprioception). We learn how easy it brain can adapt to controlling virtual limbs, and the power of visual information to override our own movements in the real world.
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Meet Virtual You: How Your VR Self Influences Your Real-Life Self

You know your thoughts and feelings affect your body language — but this works the other way around, too. Happiness causes us to smile, of course, but smiling also causes us to feel happy. VHIL Experimental research suggests that this concept also applies to the virtual space, and that the physical traits of your avatar can change the way you behave in real life.
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Catalyst: Avatars, ABC TV (Australia)

What are the psychological consequences of spending more time in virtual worlds than in actual reality? That's what the Virtual Human Interaction Lab is dedicated to answering.
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Avatars set to shape real-world habits, New Scientist

The shift to a world where virtual experiences are common — and almost as intense and meaningful as real ones — presents powerful psychological opportunities. VHIL studies demonstrate how virtual worlds can translate to the physical world.
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A Greener Future, Maclean’s

Infinite Reality authors say people will be able attend "virtual meetings" in the form of highly realistic three-dimensional avatars instead of paying the personal and environmental toll of flying across the country.
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Your Avatar, Your Guide, Scientific American

Seeing a digital doppelgänger can change your mind — for better or worse. VHIL is exploring how doppelgänger avatars can be effective in advertising or in therapy to clients who have phobias or social anxiety.
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Reality Bytes, AmericanWay Magazine

Professor Jeremy Bailenson and his graduate students are demonstrating how online lives affect off-line behavior, challenging a long-held assumption that it’s the other way around.
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Digital Selves, KALW Philosophy Talk

What makes your digital self you? What does your choice of digital selves show about you? And what makes onscreen representation more or less effective as digital selves? Radio interview with Jeremy Bailenson.
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Seeing Is Believing, Stanford Magazine

Maybe virtual reality isn't just a game anymore. Maybe its a way to build a better you. VHIL researchers are testing whether avatars can tell us something deeper about human behavior.
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