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The World Looks Bigger Through A Virtual Child’s Eyes

By July 19, 2013March 24th, 2020Newswires

A virtual reality experiment that put adults in a virtual 4-year-old’s body found changes in perception.

By Shaunacy Ferro

To a four-year-old, the world is a pretty big place. Once we grow up, the playgrounds and classrooms of our childhood no longer seem as towering as they appear in our memories. The childish overestimation of the world around us isn’t just a result of short stature, though.

A new study led by University of Barcelona computer scientist Mel Slater finds that when adults are placed into a child’s body, they think objects are much larger than they would as adults, even tiny adults viewing the world from the same vantage point.

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