by Pixeleen Mistral on 16/05/10 at 9:44 pm
New Scientist reports that men can be now turned into virtual girls – or at least experience some body transfer illusion – through a simple virtual reality program. A research subject wearing virtual reality googles first explores a virtual room in which a Nelly Furtado video is playing and a woman stands next to a seated girl. Herald technical experts believe the Nelly Furtado video plays a key role in what follows – or is this simply a case of product placement leaking into the serious scientific arena?
After exploring the room, the subject is placed in a first person view from the girl’s perspective as her arm is stroked at the same time the subject’s arm is stroked in real life to reinforced the illusion. After giving the men a chance to acclimate to their new virtual identity, the formerly friendly woman suddenly bitch slaps the girl three times as the men observe the virtual catfight from a third person perspective.
The narrator for the New Scientist video points out that after observing their newly adopted avatar being slapped, the men’s heart rates were affected as if they felt somehow threatened. Clearly, sitting in a lab wearing VR goggles and being stroked should have put the men totally at ease, so the best explanation is that the men have been turned into virtual girls!
Look for various groups in the Second Life Gorean and BDSM community to field test these important findings – although the more adventurous might ask how women might be turned into virtual men – simply reverse the slapping and stroking process, perhaps?
[hat tip to Bubblesort Triskaidekaphobia for pointing out this scientific breakthrough]