I den nyligen publicerade Oxford Handbook of Virtuality medverkar forskarna John Waterworth och Eva Lindh Waterworth, båda från institutionen för Informatik vid Umeå universitet.
Ett femtiotal författare deltar i boken Oxford Handbook of Virtuality med olika perspektiv på virtuella världar och hur människan påverkas av det virtuella livet.
Kapitlet Being present in a virtual world har skrivits av John Waterworth tillsammans med Giuseppe Riva. Om kapitlet skriver John Waterworth:
“Being Present in a Virtual World examines the concept of presence in a virtual world. It suggests that presence is not the same as consciousness and discusses the three critical features of presence that cannot be explained by other cognitive processes. These include the ability of presence to allow the evolution of the self through the incorporation of tools and the role of presence in providing feedback to the self about the status of its activity. The chapter also explains that presence is an intuitive process.”
Kapitlet Distributed embodiment: Real presence in virtual bodies har skrivits av John Waterworth och Eva Lindh Waterworth:
“Distributed Embodiment describes how our sense of being present in the world is becoming separated from our sense of ownership of a particular body, through the development of new approaches to deploying the technologies of virtualization that give rise to what is known as mediated presence, or telepresence. The possibility for distributed embodiment comes from the physical-virtual nature of familiar, first-person embodiment. We move from a sense of presence in the physical world, though a mediated sense of presence in virtuality, to the mediated sense of being in the physical-virtual world in another body than our own.”