Virtual co-embodiment of a joint body with left and right limbs controlled by two persons
Press Releases | July 26, 2022
Knowing the intention behind limb movements of a partner increases senses of ownership and agency towards that limb during virtual co-embodiment
What factors influence the embodiment felt towards parts of our bodies controlled by others? Using a new "joint avatar" whose left and right limbs are controlled by two people simultaneously, researchers have revealed that the visual information necessary to predict the partner's intentions behind limb movements can significantly enhance the sense of embodiment towards partner-controlled limbs during virtual co-embodiment. This finding may contribute to enhancing the sense of embodiment towards autonomous prosthetic limbs.