A talk with Sigmund Freud

Psychologists combine Freud with virtual reality to change how people think about themselves

The illusion of being in another body affects not only our perception (as is already known) but also our way of thinking. Thanks to virtual reality, some subjects embodied Sigmund Freud and proved better at giving themselves psychological advice compared to when they were simply themselves. The volunteers participating in Sofia Adelaide Osimo’s experiments may have felt as if they were inside a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, the author (and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the recent Venice Film Festival) of “Being John Malkovich” and other bizarre films (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “The Orchid Thief ”…). ….[READ]

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