The Body Transfer Illusion Places People in a Realistic Virtual World

By: Vittoria Natarelli - Published: • References: dx.doi.org and newscientist
This body transfer illusion shows great similarities to the James Cameron film 'Avatar.' By making grown men believe they are a young girl, this virtual reality is quite entertaining.

The body transfer illusion participants first were able to look around the virtual environment. Once they were placed in one avatar's perspective, similar actions that the virtual characters were doing were mimicked on the participant, making them believe the action was happening. Nothing special? When one avatar hit the other, the participant's heart rate increased as if he himself was hit.