Stuff I have worked on.

VR Projects

Some of the stuff I have worked on.

Journal Articles


Using virtual reality to assess gesture performance deficits in schizophrenia patients.
A Pavlidou, G Gorisse, D Banakou, S Walther (2023)
Frontiers in Psychiatry 14:1191601

Art as therapy in virtual reality: A scoping review.
C Hadjipanayi, D Banakou, D Michael-Grigoriou (2023)
Frontiers in Virtual Reality 4:1065863


The Sentiment of a Virtual Rock Concert.
M Slater, C Cabriera, G Senel, D Banakou, A Beacco, R Oliva, J Gallego (2022)
in Virtual Reality 23:1-25

A Separate Reality: An Update on Place Illusion and Plausibility in Virtual Reality.
M Slater, D Banakou, A Beacco, J Gallego, F Macia-Varela, R Oliva (2022)
Frontiers in Virtual Reality 3:914392


Self-observation of a virtual body-double engaged in social interaction reduces persecutory thoughts.
G Gorisse, G Şenel, D Banakou, A Beacco, R Oliva, D Freeman, M Slater (2021)
Scientific Repports 11:23923

The Golden Rule as a Paradigm for Fostering Prosocial Behavior With Virtual Reality.
M Slater, D Banakou (2021)
Current Directions in Psychological Science

The Influence of Embodiment as a Cartoon Character on Public Speaking Anxiety.
A I Bellido Rivas, X Navarro, D Banakou, R Oliva, V Orvalho, M Slater (2021)
Frontiers in Virtual Reality 11:2281

Evaluating participant responses to a virtual reality experience using reinforcement learning.
J Llobera, A Beacco, R Oliva, G Şenel, D Banakou, Mel Slater (2021)
Royal Society Open Science 8:9

Editorial: Neuropsychological and Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment of Neurodegenerative Disease and Rehabilitation Using New Technologies and Virtual Reality.
M Matamala-Gomez, F Stasolla, S Seinfeld, A O. Caffò, D Banakou, S Bottiroli (2021)
Frontiers in Psychology 12:691909


Virtual body ownership and its consequences for implicit racial bias are dependent on social context.
D Banakou, A Beacco, S Neyret, M Blasco-Oliver, S Seinfeld, Mel Slater (2020)
Royal Society Open Science 7:201848

The Rocketbox library and the utility of freely available rigged avatars for procedural animation of virtual humans and embodiment.
M Gonzalez-Franco, E Ofek, Y Pan, A Antley, A Steed, B Spanlang, A Maselli, D Banakou, N Pelechano, S Orts-Escolano, V Orvalho, L Trutoiu, M Wojcik, M V Sanchez-Vives, J Bailenson, M Slater, J Lanier (2020)
Frontiers in Virtual Reality 1:561558

Exploring the effect of cooperation in reducing implicit racial bias and its relationship with dispositional empathy and political attitudes.
I Patané, A Lelgouarch, D Banakou, G Verdelet, C Desoche, E Koun, R Salemme, M Slater, A Farnè (2020)
Frontiers in Psychology, 11:2281

Social Conformity in Immersive Virtual Environments: The Impact of Agents’ Gaze Behavior.
C Kyrlitsias, D Michael-Grigoriou, D Banakou, M Christofi (2020)
Frontiers in Psychology 11:2254

A Virtual Τour of a Hardly Accessible Archaeological Site: the Effect of Immersive Virtual Reality in User Experience, Learning and Attitude Change.
C Kyrlitsias, M Christofi, D Michael-Grigoriou, D Banakou, A Ioannou (2020)
Frontiers in Computer Science 2:23


A Mechanistic Account of Bodily Resonance and Implicit Bias.
R Bedder, D Bush, D Banakou, T Peck, M Slater, N Burgess (2019)
Cognition 184 (1-10)


Virtually Being Einstein Results in an Improvement in Cognitive Task Performance and a Decrease in Age Bias.
D Banakou, S Kishore, M Slater (2018)
Frontiers in Psychology 9:917

Reducing risk and improving maternal perspective-taking and empathy using virtual embodiment.
C Hamilton-Giachritsis, D Banakou, M Quiroga-Garcia, C Giachritsis, M Slater (2018)
Scientific Reports 8:14227


Virtual Embodiment of White People in a Black Virtual Body Leads to a Sustained Reduction in their Implicit Racial Bias.
D Banakou, PD Hanumanthu, M Slater (2016)
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10:601


Body ownership causes illusory self-attribution of speaking and influences subsequent real speaking.
D Banakou, M Slater (2014)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A (PNAS) 111(49):17678-83


Illusory ownership of a virtual child body causes overestimation of object sizes and implicit attitude changes.
D Banakou, R Groten, M Slater (2013)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A (PNAS) 1(6):12846–12851


Computer Based Video and Virtual Environments in the Study of the Role of Emotions in Moral Behavior.
X Pan, D Banakou, M Slater (2011)
Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction 6975:52-61


The effects of Avatars’ Gender and Appearance on Social Behaviour in Virtual Worlds.
D Banakou, K Chorianopoulos (2010)
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research 2(5):3-16