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Infinite Reality: The Dawn of the Virtual Revolution, Stanford+Connects

Infinite Reality: The Dawn of the Virtual Revolution, Stanford+Connects

Can experiences in virtual reality impact human behavior? Professor Bailenson shares several studies from the Virtual Human Interaction Lab that demonstrate these changes, impacting the way we conserve resources, save for retirement, train for sports, learn and understand diversity.

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?, BBC Future

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?, BBC Future

Virtual reality has the potential to improve society by enhancing empathy and encouraging more considerate behaviors. BBC Future » [button text="View PDF" link="/mm/2014/bbc-vr-better-person.pdf" style="default" size="normal" target="_blank" display="inline"...

Catalyst: Avatars, ABC TV (Australia)

Catalyst: Avatars, ABC TV (Australia)

What are the psychological consequences of spending more time in virtual worlds than in actual reality? That's what the Virtual Human Interaction Lab is dedicated to answering. ABC TV »   [video width="512" height="288"...

Virtual game of life, Bangkok Post

Virtual game of life, Bangkok Post

VHIL is studying how gamification techniques can be applied in the workplace to improve employee performance. Bangkok Post »

Real-world beaming: The risk of avatar and robot crime, BBC News

Real-world beaming: The risk of avatar and robot crime, BBC News

VHIL is currently studying the impact of Kinect technology. Capturing an individual's gestures is potentially a powerful tool in the hands of an identity thief. Non-verbal behaviour, like the way you walk, is more revealing about you than what you decide to put on...

Avatars set to shape real-world habits, New Scientist

Avatars set to shape real-world habits, New Scientist

The shift to a world where virtual experiences are common — and almost as intense and meaningful as real ones — presents powerful psychological opportunities. VHIL studies demonstrate how virtual worlds can translate to the physical world. New Scientist » [button...