Illusion Makes People Speak with the Voice of Their Avatar

Think you’re in control of your own body? A simple virtual-reality session could not only make you feel like an avatar’s body is your own, but make you speak more like the digital character.

First there was the rubber-hand illusion, a classic experiment that showed syncing up someone’s touch perceptions with what they see happening to a rubber hand can make them feel strongly that the fake body part is their own. Since its publication in 1998, this study has inspired all kinds of spinoffs.

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