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Virtual Reality for Mind and Body: Does the Sense of Embodiment Towards a Virtual Body Affect Physical Body Awareness?

2022-05-03 @ 10:15 11:00 UTC -05:00

Mind-body therapies aim to improve health by combining physical and mental exercises. Recent developments tend to incorporate virtual reality (VR) into their design and execution, but there is a lack of research concerning the inclusion of virtual bodies and their effect on body awareness in these designs. In this study, 24 participants performed in-VR body awareness movement tasks in front of a virtual mirror while embodying a photorealistic, personalized avatar. Subsequently, they performed a heartbeat counting task and rated their perceived body awareness and sense of embodiment towards the avatar.
We found a significant relationship between sense of embodiment and self-reported body awareness but not between sense of embodiment and heartbeat counting.
Future work can build on these findings and further explore the relationship between avatar embodiment and body awareness.


10:15 – 11:00 UTC -05:00
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Nina Döllinger (University of Würzburg, Human-Technology Systems), Erik Wolf (University of Würzburg, Human-Computer Interaction), David Mal (University of Würzburg, Human-Computer Interaction), Nico Erdmannsdörfer (University of Würzburg, Human-Technology Systems), Mario Botsch (TU Dortmund, Computer Graphics Group), Marc Erich Latoschik (University of Würzburg, Human-Computer Interaction), Carolin Wienrich (University of Würzburg, Human-Technology Systems)

Room: Exhibit Hall J