Motor Awareness and Body Perception in Virtual Reality

Santa Lucia - Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sapienza University of Rome

Motor Awareness and Body Perception in Virtual Reality

Dr. Oliver A Kannape from University of Central Lancashire (Preston, UK)
will give a talk at AgliotiLab on April 27. The talk will be at 10.00 AM
at the Department of Psychology, Second Floor, "Sala Riunioni" (via dei Marsi, 78, Rome).

The past decade has witnessed an exponential increase in the use of Virtual Reality (VR) and motion capture for behavioural paradigms investigating human corporeal perception and self-consciousness. Popular paradigms such as the Rubber-Hand Illusion have been translated into VR and extended to the full body. Similarly, motor awareness studies on upper-limb movements have been translated to VR using full-body motion capture and life-size visual feedback. This talk will focus on these latter studies, describing the limits of agency for human walking and the implications on the dynamic malleability of the bodily self. The effects of cognitive loading on motor control and awareness will be discussed – in control participants and a cohort of sleepwalkers, arguably able to walk without any conscious control. The findings will further be explored with respect to the design and evaluation of assistive technology such as neuroprostheses.

Please visit the following websites for more details about Dr. Kannape research activity and research interests.

Participation to this event is open to all and free of charge.

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