Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

by Jim Blascovich, Jeremy Bailenson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061809507
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jim Blascovich is the director and co-founder of the Research Center for Virtual Environments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Professor Blascovich has served as the president of international scientific societies, including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and he has been invited to lecture on social neuroscience and virtual reality topics worldwide.

Jeremy Bailenson is the founding director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab. Professor Bailenson has been featured on Frontline, All Things Considered, and Today, and in Time, Discover, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Science, Health, World, and Style sections of the New York Times, as well as in the New York Times Magazine.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Dream Machines 9

2 A Museum of Virtual Meadia 24

3 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 37

4 Winning Virtual Friends and Influencing Virtual People 65

5 The Virtual Laboratory 83

6 Who Am I? 95

7 Re-creating Yourself 109

8 Street Smarts 122

9 Eternal Life 138

10 Digital Footprints 154

11 The Virtual "Jones" 169

12 Virtually Usefull 191

13 Virtual Yin and Yang 227

14 More Human Than Human 256

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 269

Index 292

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