Stand in the Place Where You Aren’t

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Some interesting research into personal space is in the news. Essentially this is realtime geospatial technology at a human scale. I’ve always been intrigued the way kids playing with a globe will put their hand over their location and look out the window, almost expecting to see their hand in the sky.

To add a physical element, the researchers have each person squeeze the other’s hand, as if in a handshake. Now the subject can see and “feel” the new body. In a matter of seconds, the illusion is complete. In a series of studies, using mannequins and stroking both bodies’ bellies simultaneously, the Karolinska researchers have found that men and women say they not only feel they have taken on the new body, but also unconsciously cringe when it is poked or threatened.

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