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Manipulating a dissociative bond with out-of-body experience avatar in virtual reality

Meijerman, T.R.I. (2019) Manipulating a dissociative bond with out-of-body experience avatar in virtual reality.

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Abstract:It is commonly known that it is easier to be more frank with people online, be it positively or negatively. ”That avatar on the screen is not me” is a common conception among users of their online representations. But what if the avatar on screen is a real-time reflection of the user? Will the user still have a dissociative bond with the avatar, or is the representation convincing enough that there is no increase of dissociation levels. This research explores whether dissociation levels can be manipulated by means of an out-of-body experience. Furthermore, it studies whether the user acts differently while in an out-of-body experience. For this, OpenIMPRESS, a Virtual Reality telepresence system, is used to test dissociative features in a one-on-one interaction. The study compares out-of-body against in-body experience to determine if there is a statistical significance between the two. Positive results would mean that this is a promising way to manipulate dissociation levels with one’s own avatar and may lead to applications to help people suffering from this disorder in the future.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 70 social sciences in general
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
Awards:Best Paper Award - Track Intelligent Interaction
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