Virtual Reality has typically been used for the illusory transformation of location - to place a person in a different, digitally generated place, to take part in the action there. While maintaining a strong interest in this, especially regarding social scenarios, my recent interest has focussed on using VR to transform the self. This work, inspired by and contributing to the field of body ownership illusions as studied in cognitive neuroscience points to an additional power of VR: Change the self not just the place.



I'm Distinguished Investigator at  the University of Barcelona in the Department of Clinical Psychology I was at ICREA 2006-2017. I am co-Director of the Event Lab (Experimental Virtual Environments for Neuroscience and Technology). My background is computer science in the field of computer graphics and virtual reality. I started a VR research group at what is now Queen Mary, University of London in 1990, and I joined the Department of Computer Science at UCL in 1996 where I founded the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group, and was Professor of Virtual Environments from 1997. My research in the UK was supported mainly by the EPSRC, and in Barcelona by the EU FP7 programme and European Research Council Advanced Grants.  I was Immersive Fellow with London's Digital Catapult 2017 and 2018. I am a co-Founder of Virtual Bodyworks S.L.




Event Lab
Universitat de Barcelona
Facultat de Psicologia
Campus de Mundet - Edifici Teatre
Passeig de la Vall d'Hebron 171
08035 Barcelona




Moments in Time in Immersive Virtual Environments (MoTIVE) ERC Advanced Grant

1/2018 - 12/2022

Immersive Virtual Reality Cognitive Treatment (VRCT) for persecutory delusions

Medical Research Council, Subcontracted from University of Oxford, UK


Led by Prof. Daniel Freeman, University of Oxford, this project continues to explore the application of VR to paranoia.

Personified Self Interaction
 European Research Council, Proof of Concept


This project follows on from the ERC Advanced Grant TRAVERSE, and considers applications of body swapping to psychological counselling. The applications is now called conVRself.

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