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Testing virtual reality in the classroom, APA Monitor on Psychology

Testing virtual reality in the classroom, APA Monitor on Psychology

In a range of studies, VHIL is showing that manipulating virtual versions of the teacher and classroom environment can help students pay attention and perform better. APA Monitor on Psychology » [button text="View PDF" link="/mm/2009/apa-vr-classroom.pdf"...

Portrait of an Artist as an Avatar, New York Times Magazine

Portrait of an Artist as an Avatar, New York Times Magazine

VHIL research shows that avatars may represent more than wishful thinking on the part of the real people who inhabit them. New York Times Magazine » Excerpt Scientists at Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab have found that avatars, with their artificial beauty...

Mimicry, Weird Connections

Mimicry, Weird Connections

People spend many hours a week interacting with digital others. VHIL uses the virtual world as a tool to understand the implications of this new form of social interaction.   [video width="640" height="480"...

Study Links Voters’ Choices to Facial Features, Stanford Daily

Study Links Voters’ Choices to Facial Features, Stanford Daily

VHIL research shows that voters are subconsciously attracted to candidates whose facial features resemble their own. Stanford Daily » [button text="View PDF" link="/mm/2008/stanford-facial-features.pdf" style="default" size="normal" target="_blank" display="inline"...

Digital Selves, KALW Philosophy Talk

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. KALW Philosophy Talk »  

Vote for You!, ABC News ScienCentral

Vote for You!, ABC News ScienCentral

Can facial similarity determine the result of a presidential election? VHIL face morphing research suggests that voters make decisions about candidates on very superficial features.   [video width="640" height="480"...

The (Not So) Real World, Palo Alto Weekly

The (Not So) Real World, Palo Alto Weekly

VHIL researchers found that people will conform to the expectations and stereotypes of the identity of their avatars. Palo Alto Weekly » [button text="View PDF" link="/mm/2008/paw-real-world.pdf" style="default" size="normal" target="_blank" display="inline"...

Virtual Reality Check, NBC The Today Show

Virtual Reality Check, NBC The Today Show

If your avatar looks different from you, perhaps in some ideal way, how does that make you behave? The Today Show profiles VHIL virtual reality exercise research.   [video width="640" height="480"...

How Second Life Affects Real Life, Time Magazine

How Second Life Affects Real Life, Time Magazine

Jeremy Bailenson's research suggests that the qualities you acquire online — whether it's confidence or insecurity — can spill over and change your conduct in the real world. [button text="View PDF" link="/mm/2008/time-secondlife.pdf" style="default" size="normal"...

The Avatar’s Influence, The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Avatar’s Influence, The Chronicle of Higher Education

VHIL research shows that what people do in virtual reality doesn't always stay in virtual reality. Issue also features an opinion piece by Jeremy Bailenson on the benefits of virtual classrooms. The Chronicle of Higher Education » [button text="View PDF"...

Our Imaginary, Hotter Selves, Newsweek

Our Imaginary, Hotter Selves, Newsweek

Proteus effect research at VHIL – the effect of appearance on behavior carries over from the virtual world to the real one. Newsweek » [button text="View PDF" link="/mm/2008/newsweek-hotter.pdf" style="default" size="normal" target="_blank" display="inline"...