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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

Authors

Tim Moss

Mark Palmer Mark.Palmer@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Multimedia/Games Tech

Ailie Turton Ailie.Turton@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Sharon Grieve

Dr Jenny Lewis Jenny4.Lewis@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Pain Science and Occupational Therapy



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 31, 2014
Journal Technologies of Inclusive Well-Being
Print ISSN 9783642454318
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 95-120
APA6 Citation Palmer, M., Turton, A., Grieve, S., Moss, T., & Lewis, J. (2014). A body of evidence: Avatars and the generative nature of bodily perception. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-45432-5_6
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-45432-5_6
Keywords complex regional pain syndrome, rubber hand illusion, bodily perception, avatar, phenomenology, emergent
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-45432-5_6
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