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How our on-screen avatars can influence our real-world behaviour

The relationship between our physical and virtual selves.
Avatars used in Jorge Pena’s study on avatars and perception. (UC Davis)
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This story first aired in March 2015.

Jorge Peña discovered that by altering the appearance of a video game avatar, he was able to make real-world changes to a player's activity level. We look at what Jorge's research says about the relationship between our physical and virtual selves.

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