1DEI Interactive Systems Group, Computer Science Department, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganés, Spain
2UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), University College London, University of London, London, UK
Wed 30th March 13:00 – 14:00 UK. This seminar will be held Teams Click here to join the meeting
Body perceptions are important for people’s motor, social and emotional functioning. Critically, current neuroscientific research has shown that body perceptions are not fixed, but are continuously updated through sensorimotor information. In this talk I will present work from our group on how sound feedback on one’s actions can be used to alter body perception, creating Body Transformation Experiences. I will talk about how neuroscientifically grounded insights that body perceptions are continuously updated through sensorimotor information may contribute to the design of novel body-centred technologies to support people’s needs and for behaviour change. I will then present various studies from our current project, Magic OutFit, aimed to inform the design of wearable technology in which sound-driven changes in body perception are used to enhance behavioral patterns and emotional state in the context of exertion. I will discuss how apart from the focus on real-life applications, novel technologies for body sensing and sensory feedback may also become a research tool for investigating how emotional and multisensory processes shape body perception. I will conclude by identifying new challenges and opportunities that this line of work presents, some of which will be addressed in our recently started ERC project BODYinTRANSIT.
Ana Tajadura-Jiménez is an Associate Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and honorary research associate at the University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC). Her research focuses on understanding how sound-based interaction technologies could be used to alter people’s perceptions of their own body, their emotional state and their motor behaviour patterns. This research is empirical and multidisciplinary, combining perspectives of psychoacoustics, neuroscience and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). She is currently Principal Investigator of the MagicOutFit project, which aims to inform the design of technology to make people feel better about their bodies and sustain healthy lifestyles. She has recently been awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council to conduct research for the next 5 years. Prior to this she obtained a PhD in Applied Acoustics at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). She was a post-doctoral researcher in the Lab of Action and Body at Royal Holloway, University of London, an ESRC Future Research Leader and Principal Investigator of The Hearing Body project at University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC) and a Ramón y Cajal fellow at Universidad Loyola Andalucía. Her work has led her to receive the 2021 Award from Fundación Banco Sabadell to Science and Engineering.