Adopting the Spatial Perspective of an Avatar or Robot

If an actor takes the perspective of an avatar (or robot), spatial dissociations can arise between the perspective of the actor and the perspective of the avatar. Well-known cognitive phenomena (such as spatial stimulus-response compatibility) are predicted to be influenced by the actor’s identification with the avatar. The present project aims at the conditions in which an actor adopts avatar’s perspective and asks to what extent the actor identifies with the avatar, integrates him into his/her body schema, or even becomes one with him. Thus, our goal is to gather further information about concepts like the minimal self, agency, embodiment and ownership.

PI: Prof. Dr. Jochen Müsseler