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Remote interaction, especially learning and teaching became embedded in everyday functioning of corporates, educational systems and basic needs for the public. This study examines the role of multisensory integration in a touch enabled virtual world that includes physiological realistic, real-time, avatar. Interaction with the Human Realistic Avatar involves integration of auditory and visual stimuli, in the process of mimicking the motor behavior of the avatar. We ask what are the mechanisms of multisensory integration involved in the mimicking process of the avatar. In the study, we used a task with motor and cognitive components. The dependent variables were the cognitive load as measured by EEG and students’ perceived cognitive load based on questionnaires. We measured the spectrum EEG using two channels. We believe that multisensory integration of visual cues that exhibit biological motion of the avatar, result in automatic and, therefore, effortless embodiment of a mental motor plan. From a learning perspective, this might reduce the cognitive load, by leaving more working memory capacity available for processes such as elaboration or reflection on intentions of actions. The results of the pilot study support the assumptions. Results show that there are some other EEG measures that may be associated with the activation of neuron mirror system, which should be taken in consideration in further research.

Affiliations: 1: The Virtual Reality and Neurocognition Lab, Dept. of Ed. in Science and Technology, Technion, Israel

Remote interaction, especially learning and teaching became embedded in everyday functioning of corporates, educational systems and basic needs for the public. This study examines the role of multisensory integration in a touch enabled virtual world that includes physiological realistic, real-time, avatar. Interaction with the Human Realistic Avatar involves integration of auditory and visual stimuli, in the process of mimicking the motor behavior of the avatar. We ask what are the mechanisms of multisensory integration involved in the mimicking process of the avatar. In the study, we used a task with motor and cognitive components. The dependent variables were the cognitive load as measured by EEG and students’ perceived cognitive load based on questionnaires. We measured the spectrum EEG using two channels. We believe that multisensory integration of visual cues that exhibit biological motion of the avatar, result in automatic and, therefore, effortless embodiment of a mental motor plan. From a learning perspective, this might reduce the cognitive load, by leaving more working memory capacity available for processes such as elaboration or reflection on intentions of actions. The results of the pilot study support the assumptions. Results show that there are some other EEG measures that may be associated with the activation of neuron mirror system, which should be taken in consideration in further research.

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2013-05-16
2016-12-09

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