Science, Einstein

The notion of having Albert Einstein’s body can help unlock previously unacceptable mental resources finds a new study. After a virtual reality “Einstein” experience, participants were less likely to stereotype the old people unconscious, while fewer self-respected people performed better on cognitive tests. Research published at the “Psychology Frontier” shows that our brains have amazing flexibility in understanding our bodies. Researchers believe that technology is useful for education.

Professor Mel Slater of the University of Barcelona says, “Virtual Reality can create the illusion of the virtual body so that you can change your own option, which is called Virtual Avatar.”

Previous research has found that there may have major impacts on the behavior and behavior of virtual incarnations.
Slater says, “We thought that virtual avatar can affect cognition or not.” “If we gave someone a recognizable body that represents supreme wisdom, such as Albert Einstein, would they perform better on cognitive function than those who give normal body?”

To find out, the researchers recruited 30 young men to participate in the virtual avatar experiment. Before Avatar participants completed three tests- a cognitive task to reveal their plans and problem-solving skills; a task to measure self-esteem; and identify any potential bias against older people. The last task is to check if the experience of the old simulation experiment will change the attitude towards the elderly.
Research participants then tracked the body and virtual reality headsets. Half of the virtual Einstein body and the other half experienced a normal adult body. After completing some practice in his virtual environment with his new body, he repeated the underlying bias and cognitive tests.

Researchers found that low self-esteemed people performed better cognitive function after the Virtual Einstein experience, which compared the average body of a person’s body. The people who came in contact with the Einstein body also lowered the underlying prejudice against the elderly.

Twenty-two is based on considering being different. Being in the old body can reduce the perspectives of the participants by blurring the distinction between the elderly people and themselves.

Likewise, because of being extremely intelligent in someone’s body, the participants have made themselves a reason to think differently, allowing them to unlock the mental resources, which they normally do not access.

The important thing is that these cognitive enhancements were made only in low self-respecting people. Researchers have speculated that low self-esteemed people had thought about themselves as to what they think about themselves. Seeing himself in the body of a respected and intelligent scientist, can increase his self-confidence during cognitive testing.

To further examine this phenomenon, a greater study with more participants – and including men and women – is required. However, the results suggest so far that tech can be useful in education.

Slater says, “It is possible that this technique will help lower self-respecting people to perform better in cognitive tasks and be useful in education.”


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