Virtual You

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Kristina Caudle (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

The immersive nature of role-playing video games such as World of Warcraft have created a connection so strong for some dedicated players that their brain responds to their avatar, or self-created visual identity, the same as it does to their own real life self, says a study by Dartmouth College social neuroscientist Kristina Caudle. This asks the question: who does the brain see when it sees you?