I’m a research assistant working on a virtual reality experiment regarding mimicry. In this full body experiment, we are measuring mimicked scratching behaviours using motion tracking devices. The study is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Mariska Kret, Dr. Antoinette van Laarhoven, and Dr. Roberta Sellaro, and runs in parrallell with the study of Dr. Esther van den Bos and Evania Fasya. We are interested to see how real-life mimicry translates to the virtual world. These studies will shed light on the social aspects of virtual reality, possibly allowing various forms of virtual therapy, training, and interaction to become more natural and beneficial to the people using them.
As a research assistant I create the virtual world, record animations, and map recorded body- and hand-movements unto a virtual agent. I set up the system so that participants will be able to move their virtual bodies and hands in real time, and I conduct the finalised experiment together with the participants.