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Body ownership and agency illusions in immersive virtual reality - a tool for change

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Immersive virtual reality (IVR) has been successfully exploited in the study of body ownership illusions – a topic that contributes to the question of how the human brain represents the body. Embodiment with a life-sized virtual body (VB) seen from first person perspective in IVR typically leads to the perceptual illusion of ownership and the illusion agency with respect to the virtual body. Since the real body can be replaced by a VB, the VB may be designed to have quite different characteristics from the real one – for example, be a different age or race. Here we report how different types of body can at least temporarily influence aspects of perception, attitudes and behaviours of participants, lead to illusory agency, and the consequences of these findings for rehabilitation at both the personal level (psychological rehabilitation) and the social (e.g., reducing outgroup prejudice).

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