Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Body Swap Illusion

So it seems Swedish researchers have figured out a way to make humans think they are mannequins. Check out the link below. By placing a mannequin in front of the test subjects and inserting virtual reality helmets over each of their heads, they were able to switch the input lines so it appeared each person was the mannequin. Sort of creepy, yes, but it looks like people came close to interpreting pain in their nerves when the mannequin was stabbed by a knife. What does this say about us as people--that more of our interpretation is from our senses or from our minds?


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