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2019-03-02 07:16:00

By Celeste Biever ARE you a confident, square-jawed warrior or a height-conscious little goblin? If you ever take on a virtual computer persona, the look you opt for may have a profound effect on your behaviour. Online, in virtual worlds and chat rooms where people create cartoons of themselves known as avatars, changing your image is as simple as making a few clicks of a mouse. As people alter the appearance of their avatars, does their behaviour unwittingly change too? To answer this question, Nick Yee and Jeremy Bailenson of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California,