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Body Image

The body image of a given individual is their perception of how their body looks and feels. A mix of visual senses, memory, and proprioception, it serves as the cornerstone of self-identity. Originally coined by the neurologist Paul Schilder in 1935, the term has expanded in recent years, as avatars and prosthetic limbs redefine the limits of what a body image can be.

In order for additional limbs to be accepted by the brain for example, the person must accept them into their body image, and be comfortable with having the additional parts. The lower the perception of their body image, the more likely an individual is to change something about themselves.

In more extreme cases, an avatar form may serve as a surrogate body image, for a person who has great distaste for their physical body.

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Confirmation: Any Tool is viewed as a Temporary Body Part
With the number of rubber body(part) studies that have been done, each showing that if it looks to be a body part, and feels like a body part, the brain accepts it as a body part, this research should also hold no surprises. We finally have direct proof of the concept that, when we utilize any tool, even for a scant few minutes, our brains integrate that tool into our self-body-image.

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Large Image Display: Second Life Animatrix Style
It is easy to see in this image, and most of this scene from Program, the influence of contemporary multi-user VRs such as ActiveWorlds or Second Life, as the camera control in the film tries to mimic them more or less exactly, behind, over and slightly to one side of the avatar that represents your physical body within the virtual, as a parody of third person view.

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Large Image Display: Animatrix: The Second Renaissance: Child in a Pod
This is the final image of ?The Second Renaissance?, before the closing credits. The narrator goddess/AI stroking the outside of a pod in which a young male child lays cocooned in the fetal position, neural jacks covering his body, utterly bald, and with monitoring prosthesis grafted into his head. He floats in a vat of nutritional gel.

Rubber hand, rubber body, rubber arm, rubber leg. Time and time again, studies have shown that even if a body part is completely fake, completely artificial, if enough of our senses tell us that it is us, then we believe it, consciously and subconsciously. This can easily be exploited by VR, such that what you perceive to be your body, IS your body, even when its really your avatar.

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Body 2.0 - Continuous Monitoring Of The Human Body
A detailed and in-depth article by the singularity hub, on the quest for integrating the human body with a sensory network, and what such will mean for us as individuals, health and life-wise.

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Virtual Body: Fundamental Concepts: 1
In order to link a mind to a virtual body, which will be controlled by the same subconscious and conscious impulses as a physical body should be, the link connecting the mind to the physical body, save for autonomous finctions, is likely to require severing or blocking for the duration of the virtual immersion.

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Large Image Display: Fantasy Reality for So Many
This single still is from the widescreen version of ?Program?, one of the Animatrix animated shorts. It conceptualizes the deep ridden id desire for a better body, to be a better person ,and to have the whole world, revolve around you, and your actions.

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Large Image Display:Overview of Remote Neural Propagation
The diagrammatic representation for easy understanding, of how dendrites and axons in the nervous system might be attached to a a remote body via the Internet.

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Large Image Display: Connecting Teeth to Artificial Bone
A much more in-depth look at the concept of designing multiple implants inside the body, so you can guarantee they will always connect perfectly, as demonstrated by the prototype LayerWise jaw and its successive implants.

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Interrupting the Brainstem
The brainstem is the part of the brain that descends just in front of the cerebellum. It drops down from the brain to meet and meld with the spinal cord rising from the body. The issue is, how do we go about hijacking the brainstem, to splice a virtual body, or artificial body parts onto it?


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One of the major problems with magnetic resonance imaging machines is the huge magnetic fields required to make them work and the giant superconducting magnets that generate them. These magnets usually have a field strength of around 1.5 Te...

Researchers at the University of Twente (UT) have developed a new type of resin that can be broken down by the body. This new resin makes it possible to replicate important body parts exactly and make them fit precisely.

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Is it possible to have the illusion that your body has changed radically, or that a different body is your body?

Mel Slater, Professor of Virtual Environments at UCL Computer Science, describes the findings and scientific app...

Unconventional thinking led PhD student David Brunner to make a discovery that could revolutionize MRI. He succeeded in exciting and imaging nuclear magnetic resonance in the human body by propagating electromagnetic waves.


Argosy Publishing, Inc. has released their 3D anatomic visualisation of the human body to the public through their Internet Explorer only site.

t is a powerful tool to look at the body at every depth and from every an...