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Can I recognize my body’s weight? The influence of shape and texture on the perception of self

2014

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The goal of this research was to investigate women’s sensitivity to changes in their perceived weight by altering the body mass index (BMI) of the participants’ personalized avatars displayed on a large-screen immersive display. We created the personalized avatars with a full-body 3D scanner that records both the participants’ body geometry and texture. We altered the weight of the personalized avatars to produce changes in BMI while keeping height, arm length and inseam fixed and exploited the correlation between body geometry and anthropometric measurements encapsulated in a statistical body shape model created from thousands of body scans. In a 2x2 psychophysical experiment, we investigated the relative importance of visual cues, namely shape (own shape vs. an average female body shape with equivalent height and BMI to the participant) and texture (own photo-realistic texture or checkerboard pattern texture) on the ability to accurately perceive own current body weight (by asking them ‘Is the avatar the same weight as you?’). Our results indicate that shape (where height and BMI are fixed) had little effect on the perception of body weight. Interestingly, the participants perceived their body weight veridically when they saw their own photo-realistic texture and significantly underestimated their body weight when the avatar had a checkerboard patterned texture. The range that the participants accepted as their own current weight was approximately a 0.83 to −6.05 BMI% change tolerance range around their perceived weight. Both the shape and the texture had an effect on the reported similarity of the body parts and the whole avatar to the participant’s body. This work has implications for new measures for patients with body image disorders, as well as researchers interested in creating personalized avatars for games, training applications or virtual reality.

Author(s): Piryankova, I. and Stefanucci, J. and Romero, J. and de la Rosa, S. and Black, M. and Mohler, B.
Journal: ACM Transactions on Applied Perception for the Symposium on Applied Perception
Volume: 11
Number (issue): 3
Pages: 13:1--13:18
Year: 2014
Month: September

Department(s): Perceiving Systems
Research Project(s): Body Applications
Bibtex Type: Article (article)
Paper Type: Journal

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2641568
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@article{SAP:2014,
  title = {Can I recognize my body’s weight? The influence of shape and texture on the perception of self},
  author = {Piryankova, I. and Stefanucci, J. and Romero, J. and de la Rosa, S. and Black, M. and Mohler, B.},
  journal = {ACM Transactions on Applied Perception for the Symposium on Applied Perception},
  volume = {11},
  number = {3},
  pages = {13:1--13:18},
  month = sep,
  year = {2014},
  month_numeric = {9}
}