skip to main content

Science Nation: Virtual Self

2 minutes 33 seconds

DCMP is transitioning to player-based accessibility features, allowing for customization of captions, description, language, and playback speed. Learn more about these features and how they can be beneficial in an educational setting.

Learn More

Now Playing As: Captioned (English) (change)

Report a Problem

As the fascination and passion for avatars increases, researchers are investigating the influence of virtual world characters on “real world” lives. For example, if an avatar starts jogging to get into shape and begins to look thinner, how might that influence an individual’s desire to exercise or lose weight in the real world? With support from the National Science Foundation, Jeremy Bailenson is researching the power of avatars on the bodies and minds through a number of studies at Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

Media Details

Runtime: 2 minutes 33 seconds

Science Nation
Episode 1
4 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Science Nation
Episode 2
4 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Science Nation
Episode 3
4 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Science Nation
Episode 4
4 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Science Nation
Episode 5
4 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Science Nation
Episode 6
4 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Science Nation
Episode 7
4 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Science Nation
Episode 8
4 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Science Nation
Episode 9
4 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Science Nation
Episode 10
4 minutes
Grade Level: 10 - 12