Grown men swap bodies with virtual girl

Simulated visual shifts create illusion of being in someone else's skin

By Bruce Bower, 16:25 PM May 12, 2010

Virtual reality can get downright unreal. In this simulated realm, grown men given a new perspective on the world suddenly find themselves convinced that they inhabit the body of a young girl.

Guys who spend time looking at a simulated world through a life-size virtual girl’s eyes feel as if they reside in her body when they then view her from a third-person perspective, say cognitive scientist Mel Slater of University of Barcelona and his colleagues.

This illusion derives from a real-worl...

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