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A body of evidence: Avatars and the generative nature of bodily perception

Moss, Tim; Palmer, Mark; Turton, Ailie; Grieve, Sharon; Moss, Timothy; Lewis, Jenny


Tim Moss

Mark Palmer
Occasional Associate Lecturer - CATE - CCT

Ailie Turton
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Sharon Grieve

Tim Moss
Director of PGR Studies and Associate Professor

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Dr Jenny Lewis
Associate Professor in Clinical Research


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) causes dramatic changes in perceptions of the body that are difficult to communicate. This chapter discusses a proof of concept study, evaluating an interactive application designed to assist patients in describing their perception of their body. This was tested with a group of CRPS patients admitted to a 2 week inpatient rehabilitation program who used the application in a consultation with a research nurse. The chapter draws upon audio recordings and a structured questionnaire designed to capture the experience of using the tool. Participants' reports of the positive impact of being able to see what they had previously only been able to feel (and often unable to describe) are examined. This is considered alongside studies within cognitive neuroscience examining phenomena such as the Rubber Hand Illusion and considers what this might mean for the representation of our body within virtual spaces. © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Moss, T., Palmer, M., Turton, A., Grieve, S., Moss, T., & Lewis, J. (2014). A body of evidence: Avatars and the generative nature of bodily perception. Studies in Computational Intelligence, 536, 95-120.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Studies in Computational Intelligence
Print ISSN 1860-949X
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 536
Pages 95-120
Keywords complex regional pain syndrome, rubber hand illusion, bodily perception, avatar, phenomenology, emergent
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