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Experience on Demand, mediaX

Real experiences can change you, and virtual reality experiences can feel like real ones so virtual reality experiences can change you too. Jeremy Bailenson delves into how to create these experiences, on demand, that will change who we are as people.
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Homuncular Flexibility

In this line of studies, we are examining a concept first developed by Jaron Lanier called "homuncular flexibility" – the ability to learn to control novel avatars in interactive tasks. For example, in order to reach further in virtual space, can users learn to control avatar bodies with extra limbs? This line of research looks at whether the way these avatar bodies look, and the way they are controlled, affects task success, liking and the sense of presence.
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