GTP Adventures- The glowing cake

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Gamers have reported perceiving objects outlined or glowing, similar to the visual effects in the video games. These seems to be fleeting and non-malignant visual experiences.

Interestingly, visual distortions of physical stimuli (e.g. objects or persons) does not seem to always occur randomly or in a generalized way, but with particular stimuli relevant for the individual.

These visual experiences appear to share similarities with visual illusions of an extra edge around objects, referred to as “Corona phenomenon”, as well as similarities with reports of seeing halos, borders or shiny rings on the contours of objects.

The corona phenomenon has been associated with migraine aura, side-effects of drug consumption and prolonged sensory deprivation.

Further readings

Ortiz de Gortari, A. B., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Altered Visual Perception in Game Transfer Phenomena: An Empirical Self-Report Study. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 30(2), 95-105.

Podoll K, Robinson D (2001). Corona phenomenon as visual aura symptom in migraine. Cephalalgia. 21(7), 712-7.

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About Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari

Dr. Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari is Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research fellow in Cyberpsychology. Critical inquiry on the psychosocial implications of interactive media technologies has been her professional passion since undergraduate school, when she conducted one of the first studies on internet addiction. Game Transfer Phenomena (GTP) is her area of research expertise, for which she has won awards. Dr. Ortiz de Gortari’s research has been featured in different media worldwide including Discovery News, History Channel News, BBC World Service, the New Scientist and the International Herald Tribune. Her research on GTP has even inspired an episode of the TV series CSI: Cyber. She has published academically and presented at several international conferences. The goal of her research is maximizing the psychological and social benefits of interactive virtual technologies while reducing the potential risks it can present to some individuals.

Posted on October 7, 2015, in GTP Adventures, GTP cartoons and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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