The Illusion of Animal Body Ownership and Its Potential for Virtual Reality Games

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PubDate: Jul 2019

Teams: University of Duisburg-Essen

Writers: Andrey Krekhov, Sebastian Cmentowski, Jens Krüger

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Abstract

Virtual reality offers the unique possibility to experience a virtual representation as our own body. In contrast to previous research that predominantly studied this phenomenon for humanoid avatars, our work focuses on virtual animals. In this paper, we discuss different body tracking approaches to control creatures such as spiders or bats and the respective virtual body ownership effects. Our empirical results demonstrate that virtual body ownership is also applicable for nonhumanoids and can even outperform human-like avatars in certain cases. An additional survey confirms the general interest of people in creating such experiences and allows us to initiate a broad discussion regarding the applicability of animal embodiment for educational and entertainment purposes.

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