The virtual body illusion and immersive Second Life avatars : Neurophilosophy

The virtual body illusion and immersive Second Life avatars

Category: NeuroscienceTechnology
Posted on: October 8, 2009 4:00 PM, by Mo

SECOND LIFE is an online "virtual world" which enables users to create a customised avatar, or digital persona, with which they can interact with each other. It has become incredibly popular since its launch just over 6 years ago, with millions of "residents" now using it regularly to meet others, socialize and even to have virtual sex. Second Life is now filled with virtual communities and institutions - it has businesses and universities, and its own virtual economy.

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And we saw it on House last week!


Does eating chocolate improve my mood as much as I think it does? : Cognitive Daily

Does eating chocolate improve my mood as much as I think it does?

Category: EmotionResearchTaste
Posted on: October 6, 2009 4:27 PM, by Dave Munger

ResearchBlogging.orgI think I've mentioned here before that I'm a big fan of chocolate. I get upset when coffee shops in my area only bring out the chocolates in the afternoon. Who says you can't have a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast?

Chocolate, combined with a cup of coffee, helps me work all the way through to the end of the day, when I'd otherwise be tempted to call it quits in the late afternoon. So naturally I was excited when Greta found a research report on the effect of chocolate on mood. Could there be scientific confirmation that chocolate helps you get through the day?

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