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Reflectivity, sometimes called reciprocity, is a counterpart to interactivity. It refers to the degree of reflection by the world, or interactivity going both ways: How a user can change the world in lasting ways by their actions, and also how the world changes in dynamic structure, based on those interactive changes.

See also: Interactivity, Resonance

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