The Proteus Effect

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What effect does a virtual reality avatar have on the user? Can it alter your identity? Can it change how you behave in the real world? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the Proteus Effect, named for the shape-shifting, formless Greek sea god.

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Proteus, the old man of the sea.
Proteus, the old man of the sea.
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Topics in this Podcast: human condition, psychology, Virtual Reality