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Time Travel Is Totally Possible (in Virtual Reality)

By August 28, 2014March 24th, 2020Newswires

By Victoria Turk

Much has been said about virtual reality taking viewers to different places, but a recent study takes on another dimension: time. Researchers from the University of Barcelona and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel put together a virtual reality experience that lets volunteers experience time travel.

According to their paper, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, it worked. Participants felt as if they had travelled back in time and—here’s the kicker—that they could change the past. The paper explained that the illusion of time travel was successful, provided that subjects “also experienced an illusion of presence in the virtual environment, body ownership and agency over the virtual body that substituted their own.”

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