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🗣️ “The Psychology of the Metaverse” @ Royal Institution

Last month Prof Sylvia Xueni Pan—Associate Professor and Programme Leader for the MA/MSc Virtual & Augmented Reality—gave an inspiring talk to a group of young kids, ranging from 12 to 15. The event was organised by The Royal Institution, with a focus on outreach and science communication.

Prof Sylvia Xueni Pan giving a talk at the Ri Institution

Sylvia talked focused on the “The Psychology of the Metaverse”, exploring how we can us VR and AR technology to understand how people think. This is a topic Sylvia herself explored deeply in both her research and practice at Goldsmiths.

One still from Prof Sylvia Xueni Pan presentation, showing her avatar on a variety of different VR platforms

«I loved the metauniverse talk I think it was really interesting to listen to someone who doesn’t just do maths, it was more of a wider range of topics.»

— Feedback from one of the young kids attending

In case you missed it, the entire event was also recorded. “The Psychology of the Metaverse” starts at 14:46.

If this is a topic that fascinates you, and you would like to steer your career towards practical applications for VR & AR technology, you should consider applying to the MA/MSc Virtual & Augmented Reality here at Goldsmiths.

  • You can follow Prof Sylvia Xueni Pan on Twitter.

🧠 ESCAN 2022

From the 19th to 22nd July, a delegation from Goldsmiths Computing and Psychology attended The European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience in Vienna, Austria.

Dr Jamie A Ward—Lecturer and Researcher in wearable computing, activity recognition & social neuroscience—gave a talk on his Royal Society-sponsored work studying cognition and social behaviour using wearables and theatre at a symposium on the opportunities and challenges of real-world data collection.

Dr Jamie A Ward presenting his work (photo taken by Dr Laura Rai)

Dr Laura Rai—PostDoc and Researcher from the Department of Psychology—presented the first results from the ERC-funded Neurolive project at a symposium on the neuro-aesthetics of dance.

The event was also attended by PhD Candidate in Psychology Merritt Millman, who presented a poster on her work on bodily awareness in depersonalization-derealization disorder.

From left to right, Dr Jamie A Ward, Dr Laura Rai and Merritt Millman at the opening social event at the Vienna Town Hall

«It was such a joy to present at an in-person conference again for the first time in over two years. So much of my work with theatre—and in particular the work we do on the Neurolive project—is about liveness and what makes the live experience special.

A huge part of that is the social experience, which participating at a conference like this, with the double bonus of being surrounded by loads of smart and interesting people, really brought home to me.»

— Dr Jamie A Ward
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  • You can find Dr Laura Rai on Twitter
  • You can find Merritt Millman on Twitter