The Human Avatar Project

Sabrina Osmany

A real-time virtual upper-limb simulation and experiment design to study the effects of spatio-temporal stimuli on decision making during motor planning and initiation.


Human decision-making is highly contextual. Our movement through space is our way of reasoning about the world and enacting our agency. As we turn to a future in which virtual immersion becomes a prevalent mode of human life, the space in which we move takes on a new shape, and with it so too does the context of our decisions. This project sets up a real-time anatomical simulation of the human arm with its 27 degrees of freedom, and an experiment design to study the effects of virtual stimuli on reaching and grasping decisions. This is a small step towards unearthing choice architectures in the ephemeral space of virtual reality.