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New Scientist, 25th Feb 2006, reports a study by Yee and Bailenson of Stanford University – what they did was get students to negotiate, in VR, with experimenters. If their avatar was taller, then they behaved more aggressively. If it was better-looking, they stood closer – the ugly ones averaged a metre further away.

Fascinating!

1 Comment

  1. Hm, maybe I should adjust the fonts and buddy photos used in my chat client.

    Ah, the trouble a middleman could make. Like a good mother the middleman could make everyone think their avatar is handsome and everybody else is just average. Nasty evil platforms could do the opposite.

    Comment by Ben Hyde — 28 Feb 2006 @ 14:02

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