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Acoustemologies of the Closet  

William Cheng

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
Many online video games nowadays feature voice-chat capabilities that enable players to speak with one another through microphones connected to computers and gaming consoles. Players who ... More

Applying Psychological Plausibility to the Uncanny Valley Phenomenon  

Angela Tinwell

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
With its roots in psychological writings of the twentieth century, the subject of the uncanny provides ways of critically analyzing why some objects appear eerie or make us feel ... More

Avatar Psychology  

James K. Scarborough and Jeremy N. Bailenson

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
The explosive growth and dissemination of internetworking technology has changed what we may consider community, culture, and society. A major part of this movement toward the virtual is ... More

Avoidable Pitfalls in Virtual-World Learning Design  

Keysha I. Gamor

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses observations about the common pitfalls when embarking upon a project to design and implement a virtual world. These include the omission of a front-end analysis, the ... More

Being More Than Yourself: Virtuality and Human Spirit  

André Nusselder

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
André Nusselder’s chapter references the work of philosophers such as Kierkegaard and Badiou to argue for an ethical framework to regulate the excess of virtuality brought about by the ... More

Being Present in a Virtual World  

Giuseppe Riva and John A. Waterworth

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter examines the concept of presence in a virtual world. It discusses recent findings of cognitive sciences research to offer a broader definition of presence. It suggests that ... More

Breaking the Fourth Wall? User-Generated Sonic Content in Virtual Worlds  

Karen Collins

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
The fourth wall is a term borrowed from dramatic theory that considers the theatrical stage as having three walls (two sides and a rear) and an invisible fourth-wall boundary between the ... More

Communication in Virtual Worlds  

Paul C. Adams

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
Virtuality has a long history involving a continuous process of virtualization and revirtualization. In order to recognize the central role of virtuality in human history it is useful to ... More

Computational Modeling of Brain Function and the Human Haptic System at the Neural Spike Level: Learning the Dynamics of a Simulated Body  

Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
The sense of touch and related haptic capabilities are essential for skilled interaction with our environment. More generally, the study of these capabilities offers a unique window into ... More

Cybersex  

Ståle Stenslie

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
The chapter treats cybersex as a multifaceted form of erotic experience and interaction, explaining how we use digital and computer-based technologies to do it and why. It traces the term ... More

Developing Handheld Augmented Reality Interfaces  

Mark Billinghurst, Huidong Bai, Gun Lee, and Robert Lindeman

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
In recent years smartphones and mobile devices have become powerful enough to provide a handheld augmented reality (AR) experience. However, although the hardware is commonplace, there have ... More

Distributed Embodiment: Real Presence in Virtual Bodies  

John A. Waterworth and Eva L. Waterworth

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses the notion of mediated presence, the feeling of being experientially present in a virtual or mixed reality, and describes how this form of virtuality is developing ... More

Emotions and Altered States of Awareness: The Virtuality of Reality and the Reality of Virtuality  

Jean-Claude Martin

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter examines the differences between virtuality and reality from the point of view of emotions. It analyzes some definitions and theories of emotion and reviews theater studies ... More

Envisioning the Virtual  

Brian Massumi

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter examines the status of the virtual in perception. As understood philosophically, the virtual (or “pure potentiality”) is strictly complementary to the actual, not in opposition ... More

Ethics at the Boundaries of the Virtual  

Charles M. Ess

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
The chapter first shows how the strong dualisms underlying prevailing understandings of the relationship between “virtual” and “real” in the 1990s have been largely replaced in this century ... More

Evolution in Virtual Worlds  

Tim Taylor

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses the possibility of instilling a virtual world with mechanisms for evolution and natural selection in order to generate rich ecosystems of complex organisms in a ... More

Flirting, Cheating, Dating, and Mating in a Virtual World  

Julie M. Albright and Eddie Simmens

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
Early theorists in the field of computer-mediated communication posited it would be difficult, if not impossible, to form interpersonal relationships over computer networks because of the ... More

Going Gaga for Glitch: Digital Failure @nd Feminist Spectacle in Twenty-F1rst Century Music Video  

Caetlin Benson-Allott

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This article appears in the Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media edited by Carol Vernallis, Amy Herzog, and John Richardson. During the ascension and commodification of Web ... More

History and Cultural Heritage in Virtual Environments  

Erik Champion

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
Applying virtual reality and virtual-world technology to historical knowledge and to cultural heritage content is generally called virtual heritage, but it has so far eluded clear and ... More

Immersion in Virtual Worlds  

Gordon Calleja

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
Virtual worlds are enabling experiences that were not previously available through other media. One such experience is the potential to have a sense of inhabiting the simulated spaces they ... More

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