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The Extended Mind is the concept that objects in the environment and the way that humans move influence thoughts, perceptions and action.

As a company, we train your team on how human thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors are affected by physical characteristics—embodiments of abstract concepts—and how you can capitalize on these effects to improve the reception and use of your virtual and augmented reality experiences.

We are based in Portland, OR.

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Jessica Outlaw, M.S., is a culture and behavior researcher in immersive tech and the founder of The Extended Mind. She uses behavioral science to help XR companies build and test experiences.  She does research in digital worlds, app design, and gives trainings to new and experienced designers. She is a 2017 winner of Oculus Launch Pad and her social VR insights on safety, spatial design, and the UX of VR can be downloaded from

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Beth M. Duckles, Ph.D. is a researcher and consultant who helps organizations apply social science insights to business needs. She received her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College and her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Arizona. You can find her online at or on twitter at @bduckles.