The question of how the body and the brain are related has always remained an eternal topic of philosophical controversy. And a recent study conducted on this basis has proven that specially evoked virtual images are capable of influencing the most real physical sensations and even provoking an out-of-body experience.
Two researchers came to this conclusion after comparing subjects and their images in virtual reality. During the experiment, the participants observed their virtual body through special glasses. And the flashing diagram that surrounded the double served as a display of the heart rate. As the real heart rate synchronized with the flashes of the circuit, the subjects began to identify with the image. Some of the study participants, in their opinion, were closer to the virtual clone than it actually was, or were in a different part of the room.
Practical benefit from the results of such an unusual study will be primarily received by people suffering from anorexia and those who want to lose weight, but constantly "break" from the diet. According to Jane Aspell, co-author of the study, the problem is that patients with anorexia seem to be physically larger than they really are. Taking advantage of virtual reality, doctors will be able to help patients with dysmorphism by showing the patient his real physical body - as it appears to others.