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More on Genius. Cross Purposes Black Sabbath. I Witness. In order to ensure that all participants spent the same time in the virtual Island, when there was a session with a newcomer, the new participant entered first into the VR, and while she was doing the second tutorial about interacting with objects, the other two participants entered into the VR and did the corresponding embodiment stage. This was because tutorials required more time 5 minutes in total than the embodiment stage 1. If all the participants were in a later stage S2-S6 , they simply entered in VR at the same time and all experienced separately their corresponding embodiment stage.
So, in both situations, we ensured that all the participants arrived at the fenced area approximately at the same time, and that they spent the same time in the Island. To summarise: prior to their first session participants would receive i navigation training ii object selection and placement training. In subsequent sessions they would experience iii the embodiment training only. Immediately after i and ii , or iii they would be transported to the fenced area of the Island. The fenced area was used as the arrival point in all sessions, and served as a waiting room and also gave time for all participants to be connected to the server.
This way we could synchronize all the participants, in spite of the varying times they needed to put on the HMD and go through the trainings. This encouraged them to be close to one another, since if they separated more than a specified distance from the centre of the triangle formed by the links between them, an alarm would sound, and they would not be able to move further from this centre. This was to increase the likelihood that the participants would have the feeling of belonging to the same group and to enhance their cooperation in carrying out the tasks they had to perform.
A Three participants simultaneously embodied—from the viewpoint of the green character. The cord links the three together.
B The column of smoke indicating the location of the available task. C The mirror portal. Once all three participants joined the fenced area, a mirror portal was activated Fig 5C and 5D. This portal had a double function, first they would see the reflection of their virtual body in the mirror, which would be likely to reinforce body ownership and ensure that they knew their own appearance.
Second, by crossing through the mirror portal they would teleport to another part of the Island. Participants could see an overview of the other side of the portal in the mirror. At each session, when crossing the portal participants were teleported to a location close to where the collaborative task available that day would take place. The location of the task was indicated by a large purple column of smoke Fig 5B.
This column disappeared when participants were close enough to the location of the task. However, after crossing the portal participants were free to explore the Island as they wished, apart from the cord that united them.
They had no other obligation than stay together as determined by the cord. Every day in sessions S1-S5, after Again, the goal was to show the participants the current state of their virtual body—in effect how they had aged during the session. To keep the participants occupied and entertained, and to reinforce the social bond between them, we designed several collaborative tasks that were available in every session.
These tasks were designed to require cooperation amongst the three participants to be completed. There was no reward for completing the tasks and no obligation to do them—participants could choose to spend their time exploring the virtual world instead of doing the available tasks. Recall that each participant was consistently from S1 to S6 embodied a virtual character that could be either red, green or blue, and in those tasks that required interacting with objects each participant could interact only with the objects that matched their own colour.
A new task was available for each session, each time at a different location. There were three main types of tasks, with two variations each, which formed six different tasks: Classification task : In this task, there were two baskets and some objects nearby.
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The participants had to put the objects in their corresponding basket. If an object was placed in the wrong basket, it was rejected and thrown out.
Maze task : participants had to exit from a labyrinth by opening some doors which blocked their way. To deactivate those doors, each participant had to remove her key represented as a coloured cube from the door.
Once all the locks were removed, the barrier disappeared and participants could continue to follow their path looking for the exit of the maze. Piano task : for this task participants had to pass over the lit key of a huge piano keyboard that appeared on the ground. Only one key was lit at a time with a red, green or blue colour, and when the corresponding participant i. Then another key of another colour was enlightened, until the three participants had passed over their key, thus playing a short tune.
By this time their virtual body was old and frail Fig 2.
Then they were transported to the Island as previously but after approximately 7 minutes the experimenter supervising the participant initiated the virtual death process by a key press on the controlling computer. For the participant the virtual death process started by her vision becoming blurred through three flashes, then she could hear the beats of her virtual heart and after some seconds there was a cry of pain. Further, her viewpoint was slowly moved above her now immobile virtual body lying on the cloud, as shown in Fig 6B , to generate an Out of Body Experience OBE [ 27 ].
Then, the disembodied participant was teleported to a dark room where she would see a life review of her virtual life. Once the life-review was over, the participant would see a distant light at the end of a dark tunnel and she was automatically attracted towards it, giving her the sensation she was moving through the tunnel until reaching the light.
A Other participants see the deceased character lying on its cloud. B They typically approach the dead character. C View from the out-of-body experience of the dead character.
D The white light at the end of the tunnel. After that, the experimenter removed the HMD from the head of the participant, and invited her to sit in front of a computer screen where she could see, now from the outside, events continuing in the virtual world. Meanwhile, in the virtual world, the remaining participants typically approached the dead body lying on its cloud Fig 6B. While the participant was seated in front of the screen, the experimenter discretely initiated a ceremonial task.
The ceremony started with the disappearance of the dead body and the cloud that was supporting it to be replaced nearby by two bowls filled with seeds of the two colours of the remaining participants. One of the bowls was lit. The participant with the same colour as this lit bowl had to grab it and move it over to another bowl containing a blue luminescent liquid that had appeared at the former location of the virtual body Fig 7A. After the participant completed this ceremony, the bowl of her colour disappeared and other bowl, that of the remaining participant, was lit.
Once the second participant had grabbed her bowl and moved it over the bowl containing the blueish liquid the roots of a tree slowly started to grow out of the ground.
However, rather than a regular tree, what eventually grew was a statue of the same colour and appearance as the deceased character Fig 7B. The final size of the statue was approximately 1. The participant who had died in the virtual world observed this ceremony and monument to her former self on the computer screen. The experimenter could also force the wooden statue to appear if the participants were unable to accomplish the ceremony.
A The bowls used in initiating the ceremony.
B A tree grows but in the form of the deceased character. Daily, after their VR session, each Experimental participant completed a post-trial questionnaire on presence, evaluation, body ownership and agency see next section and was interviewed.