Embodied Agent or Master of Puppets: Human in Relation with his Avatar

  • Mateusz WoźniakEmail author
Part of the Topics in Intelligent Engineering and Informatics book series (TIEI, volume 4)


Neuronal and psychological processing of mental states of human operators of avatars is a relatively new but fast growing topic of interest. Most of the research focus on avatars meant as virtual agents controlled by humans, but the same explanations should also apply to other types, such as human-controlled robots. The most recent neuroscientific research proves that processing of avatar in-formation tends to increase activation in brain areas responsible for processing in-formation about body enhancements and embellishments. The author presents results of his behavioral studies and argues that the effect of treating an avatar as a body enhancement can bemediated by cognitive content such as attitudes, convictions and beliefs, causing different prospective behavior.


Computer Game Body Schema Mirror Neuron System Body Representation Virtual Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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