Virtual Self-Modeling for Health Behavior Change

This Stanford research study by Jesse Fox and Jeremy N. Bailenson concludes that "immersive virtual environment technology" (IVET), or seeing your "future self",  has the potential to revolutionize efforts at health behavior change.  "The capability exists to create ideal self-models that can motivate individuals to adopt new health practices or positively modify existing ones.  They may be incorporated as part of a long-term program to influence desirable behaviors that often have low adherence or retentions, such as healthy eating behaviors or beneficial medical treatments."

Originally published in Media Psychology, 12:1 - 25, 2009