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Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab

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  • Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
  • 650-736-8848
  • vhil.stanford.edu


The mission of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab is to understand the dynamics and implications of interactions among people in immersive virtual reality simulations (VR), and other forms of human digital representations in media, communication systems, and games.

Projects and topics of study include:

  • Diversity Simulation
  • Homuncular Flexibility
  • Presence
  • Haptic Communication in Social Interaction
  • Learning in Immersive VR
  • Avatar Identity
  • Transformed Social Interaction
  • The Proteus Effect
  • Avatars and Behavioral Modeling
  • Using Avatars to Reduce Energy Use


TheĀ Virtual Human Interaction Lab was founded in 2003 by Professor Jeremy Bailenson, associate Professor of Communication at Stanford University.

Faculty and research staff include:

  • Jeremy Bailenson, Professor of Communication, Founder
  • Cody Karutz, Lab Manager, Psychology Degree from UC Davis
  • Kathryn Segovia, Ph. D Candidate in Communication at Stanford University



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