The PAL project for children with diabetes type I focuses on developing a tool to promote self-management of the children with respect to their illness. Specifically work has been done to create a tool that integrates interaction with a physical robot as well as its virtual counterpart.
I was involved in an experiment investigating whether or not children with diabetes type I developed feelings of friendship towards the physical robot, whether these feelings transferred to the virtual avatar of the robot, and how this affected motivation to use the self-management tool. The results showed that it was essential that children perceived the physical robot and avatar as the same entity in order for feeling of friendship to be transferred from one entity to the other. In addition level of friendship predicted motivation to use the tool.
You can read about this publication in more detail here.
In June the third edition of the Dutch Handbook for Eating Disorders was published. I contributed to this book with a chapter on innovative treatments for body image disturbance.
The publication of the book was celebrated with a symposium on eating disorders where Marlies Rekkers and myself collaborated in a workshop on novel interventions for body image.
Kayla Stone has just published a new paper on the influence of vision, touch and proprioception on body representation of the lower limbs in Acta Psychologica.
Read it here!
The first article of Manja Engel’s PhD thesis has been published online in Nature Scientific Reports yesterday.
It focuses on multisensory body image disturbances in patients with eating disorders who are currently ill and who have finished treatment.
You can read it here.
Anne Cuperus’ paper investigating the effects of spatial distance manipulation in VR on the ability to walk in patients with intermittent claudication is now available online, you can read it here.
My colleagues and me published a new paper on how the visual experience of the arm influences how pleasant, or affective, touch is perceived. You can read it here.
Over the past years several studies emerged in the literature showing that after inducing the Rubber Hand Illusion, the illusion-limb shows a drop in temperature. At the Dijkermanlab we have attempted to replicate this effect several times of the past years, but had difficulty identifying it. With Alyanne de Haan taking the lead, our (null) findings are now bundled in a paper (No consistent cooling of the real hand in the rubber hand illusion) which is published in Acta Psychologica. You can read it here.
In September 2016 I was part of the Betweter Festival line up in Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht.
I gave a mini lecture there about my research, and I just noticed that appearantly that lecture (in Dutch) was filmed, you can watch it here if you’re interested.
Our paper on affective touch and VR full body illusions has been published online
Read it here
I was interviewed by Isa Power as part of their Expert Talks series on eating disorders, click here to see more.