Reach across the boundary: evidence of physical tool appropriation following virtual practice

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Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI'13), ACM, New York, NY, pp.155-158


Our research explores the connection between physical and virtual tools. This work is based on research from the cognitive sciences showing that physical and virtual tool use extends our brain’s representation of peripersonal space to include the tool. These findings led us to investigate if tool appropriation transfers from virtual to physical tools. The present paper reports the results of a study that revealed that manipulating a tool in the virtual space is sufficient to induce appropriation of a similar physical tool. These results have implications for interaction design in training and simulation applications.

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emBodied Digital Creativity

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