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Introduction Studies have indicated that chimps, orangutans, and dolphins are capable of recognizing themselves in the mirror.   This ability to acknowledge one’s body and externally recognize that body is limited to only a few species in the world. The self can be broken up into two different aspects.
I recently found out, via this article on Mindhacks.com , about an interesting paper by researcher Jeremy Bailenson in The Psychologist . ((Balenson, J. (2012). Doppelgangers — A New Form of Self? The Psychologist, 25 , 36-38.))
So why do you think you choose to play the games you do? NO! WRONG ANSWER! Well, actually, you’re probably mostly right about that, but an recent article in Psychological Science ((Przybylski, A., Weinstein, N., Murayama, K., Lynch, M. & Ryan, R. (2012). The Ideal Self At Play: The Appeal of Video Games That Let You Be All You Can Be.
The Psychologist has an article on the surprising effect of seeing a digital avatar of yourself – as if looking at your body from the outside. The piece covers a range of effects found in psychology studies, from increasing healthy behaviour to encouraging false memories, but the bit on deliberate avatar-manipulation for advertising caught my attention. One such consequence is depicted in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story Minority Report.