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JRM Vol.33 No.5 pp. 1004-1012
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2021.p1004
(2021)

Review:

Virtual Mirror and Beyond: The Psychological Basis for Avatar Embodiment via a Mirror

Yasuyuki Inoue and Michiteru Kitazaki

Toyohashi University of Technology
1-1 Hibarigaoka, Tempaku, Toyohashi, Aichi 441-8580, Japan

Received:
March 19, 2021
Accepted:
July 16, 2021
Published:
October 20, 2021
Keywords:
avatar, embodiment, mirror self-recognition, naïve optics
Abstract
Virtual Mirror and Beyond: The Psychological Basis for Avatar Embodiment via a Mirror

How virtual mirror enhances embodiment?

In virtual reality (VR), a virtual mirror is often used to display the VR avatar to the user for enhancing the embodiment. The reflected image of the synchronization of the virtual body with the user’s movement is expected to be recognized as the user’s own reflection. In addition to the visuo-motor synchrony, there are some mirror reflection factors that are probably involved in avatar embodiment. This paper reviews literature on the psychological studies that involve mirror-specific self-identification and embodied perception to clarify how the reflected image of the virtual body is embodied. Furthermore, subjective misconceptions about mirror reflections reported in naïve optics have also been reviewed to discuss the potential of virtual mirror displays to modulate avatar embodiment.

Cite this article as:
Yasuyuki Inoue and Michiteru Kitazaki, “Virtual Mirror and Beyond: The Psychological Basis for Avatar Embodiment via a Mirror,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.33, No.5, pp. 1004-1012, 2021.
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