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Presence and distal attribution: phenomenology, determinants, and assessment
Author(s): Jack M. Loomis
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Paper Abstract

Users of virtual and teleoperator display systems are said to experience "being in" the simulated or remote environment; this experiential state is commonly referred to as "presence" or "telepresence". This article identifies another experiential state, "distal attribution", in which the user experiences "being in touch with" the simulated or remote environment while fully cognizant of being in the real environment in which the display is situated. The focus of the article is on the factors or conditions that promote presence and distal attribution and with empirical methods that might be used to assess the two. Out of the author's conviction that a proper understanding of these states will derive only from explicit consideration of the nature of ordinary perceptual experience, the article begins with some important phenomenological facts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 1992
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1666, Human Vision, Visual Processing, and Digital Display III, (27 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.136005
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Jack M. Loomis, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1666:
Human Vision, Visual Processing, and Digital Display III
Bernice E. Rogowitz, Editor(s)

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