Body Ownership of Virtual Avatars: An Affordance Approach of Telepresence

  • Tiago Coelho
  • Rita de Oliveira
  • Tiago Cardoso
  • Yves Rybarczyk
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 425)


Virtual environments are an increasing trend in today’s society. In this scope, the avatar is the representation of the user in the virtual world. However, that relationship lacks empirical studies regarding the nature of the interaction between avatars and human beings. For that purpose it was studied how the avatar’s modeled morphology and dynamics affect its control by the user. An experiment was conducted to measure telepresence and ownership on participants who used a Kinect Natural User Interface (NUI). The body ownership of different avatars was assessed through a behavioral parameter, based on the concept of affordances, and a questionnaire of presence. The results show that the feelings of telepresence and ownership seem to be greater when the kinematics and the avatar’s proportions are closer to those of the user.


Avatar telepresence ownership affordances natural user interface virtual environment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tiago Coelho
    • 1
  • Rita de Oliveira
    • 2
  • Tiago Cardoso
    • 1
  • Yves Rybarczyk
    • 1
  1. 1.Electrotechnical Engineering DepartmentNew University of LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Applied SciencesLondon South Bank UniversityUK

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