Researchers use VR goggles to study effects of human ‘invisibility’

April 23, 2015 8:43 PM

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Researchers have managed to make people feel as if they were invisible using VR goggles, and that’s not a bad thing…at least not in the context of the study. The researchers found that by making people feel as if they were invisible, any social anxiety they might have experienced by standing in front of a crowd was lessened. Though the study and research in general are still in their early stages, it could pave the way to treatments for social anxiety, and could also answer some interesting questions about how humans would act if no one could see them.

The researchers used a fairly basic method for making the people feel as if their bodies had become invisible — they outfitted the volunteers with VR goggles displaying video feeds from elsewhere, making it seem when they looked down that they were seeing through themselves (e.g., that they were no ...

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