10 March 2022
Towards a Science of Complex Experiences

Alice Chirico

16 April 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Education meets Virtual Reality. Reasoning on learning outcomes, inclusion and didactic scenarios

Ilaria Terrenghi

4 April 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Rape or “rape”? Virtual violence and the somatechnical body

Pietro Conte

26 March 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Chiromorphisms. The technical genesis of modern disability

Alessandro Costella

15 February 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
The Obscene Device. Archaeology of Immersive Pornographies

Roberto Malaspina

1 February 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Techniques of Enchantment. Magic and Contemporary Technology

Sofia Pirandello

25 January 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Alternative Worlds – VR without Headsets

Margherita Fontana

11 January 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
A world of imprints. The epistemology of visual evidence in digital and virtual media-ecologies

Rosa Cinelli

21 December 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
FEMINIST HORROR THEORY – Filmic Forms and Female Identity: Rewriting in the Key of Gender

Rossana Galimi

5 December 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
From Photography to Virtual Reality and back again. A conversation with Francesco Jodice

Francesco Jodice

20 November 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Immersed in science

Ilaria Ampollini

9 November 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
The burning gaze. An aesthetics of shame in the age of the virtual

Federica Cavaletti

2 November 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Forms of the intermediary: spatiality and durations between technology and aesthetics

Neda Zanetti

12 October 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Virtualizing Spaces: Immersive and Emersive Images from Home to City.

Fabrizia Bandi

28 September 2023
2022/23 Practices
108
LabSim: a fully featured laboratory simulator for innovative teaching of analytical chemistry
27 September 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Immersive Rhythms, Dismersive Images: On Music Video’s Affective Atmosphere

Tomáš Jirsa

18 May 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Spatialization of Sound

Markus Ophälders

16 May 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Resonance, dissonance, and things that get under one’s skin

Susanna Paasonen

28 April 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
The Genealogy of Images. From Focillon and Warburg to Computer Vision and Contemporary Semiotics

Maria Giulia Dondero

27 April 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Between Picture Theory and World View: a Wölfflinian Approach

Michael Jenewein in conversation with Lambert Wiesing and Thomas Zingelmann

19 April 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Style and World View: Wölfflin, Schwitters, Beuys.

Lambert Wiesing

research: Seminar

2022 Presence
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Towards a Science of Complex Experiences

Alice Chirico

Complexity has been always a part of an individual's life under different guises. However, it has always been hard to provide a clear definition of what complexity really is. For instance, in the field of science, complexity can concern systems progressively emerging multiple interactions among different components given perturbations and following basic rules. This definition, as well as the concept of a system, can also be applied to human experience, whose unfolding takes place through the interactions of specific cognitive, perceptual, and emotional components bringing forth peculiar phenomena, which we labeled as “complex experiences.” At the ExperienceLab, we sought to investigate specific complex experiences ranging from the emotional to the cognitive domain, as well as their intersections. Sublime, awe, elevation are types of complex emotional experiences, and they can stem from something able to challenge our accustomed mental schema. This can be either natural as well as artificial, and Virtual Reality (VR) proved a key medium to pursue this goal in a controlled setting, such as the lab. On the one hand, VR allows manipulating individual’s body perception and memory thanks to the embodiment with a virtual body. On the other hand, VR acts an effective tool for eliciting complex emotional states in an ecological way. A series of study on the potential of VR for studying complex experience is presented.

Biography

Alice Chirico

Assistant Professor (M-PSI/01, ssd E11-1) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan (Italy), Co-Director of the Experience Lab. Lecturer of the course “Psychotechnologies for wellbeing”. Advanced researcher (from 2015) at the Applied Technology for Neuropsychology lab (Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy). Chartered Psychologist (N. 7990) and professional singer. Honoree for the “Best Student Experience” at Proto Wards 2016 Los Angeles (USA) with a project entitled “Body-Swapping: creating the illusion of the embodiment using Virtual Reality”. In 2019, winner of the international award "Prize for Mental Health Applications and Ideas" sponsored by the European Alliance of Innovation. Main research topics concern complex experiences (e.g., the sublime, awe, flow experience, group creativity) as elicited by art (especially, by music) and Virtual Reality (VR). Currently, Co-PI of PROMETHEUS Porject, a national funded Grant on the role of awe for promoting inspiration to learn in students at risk of school dropout through the theater (2020-2022). In 2021, She published her first Italian book on awe and the sublime (Publisher: San Paolo Press), and She is currently Editing a book on Complex Experiences and Depression, and she is writing a book on the psychological profile of Salvador Dalì (Publisher: Outofnowhere and Repubblica National Magazine). 

research: seminar

Towards a Science of Complex Experiences

Alice Chirico

Complexity has been always a part of an individual's life under different guises. However, it has always been hard to provide a clear definition of what complexity really is. For instance, in the field of science, complexity can concern systems progressively emerging multiple interactions among different components given perturbations and following basic rules. This definition, as well as the concept of a system, can also be applied to human experience, whose unfolding takes place through the interactions of specific cognitive, perceptual, and emotional components bringing forth peculiar phenomena, which we labeled as “complex experiences.” At the ExperienceLab, we sought to investigate specific complex experiences ranging from the emotional to the cognitive domain, as well as their intersections. Sublime, awe, elevation are types of complex emotional experiences, and they can stem from something able to challenge our accustomed mental schema. This can be either natural as well as artificial, and Virtual Reality (VR) proved a key medium to pursue this goal in a controlled setting, such as the lab. On the one hand, VR allows manipulating individual’s body perception and memory thanks to the embodiment with a virtual body. On the other hand, VR acts an effective tool for eliciting complex emotional states in an ecological way. A series of study on the potential of VR for studying complex experience is presented.

10 March 2022
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Dipartimento di Filosofia

Sala Martinetti

Via Festa del Perdono, 7

Towards a Science of Complex Experiences
Alice Chirico
Dipartimento di Filosofia
Sala Martinetti
Via Festa del Perdono, 7
20220310
17:00
19:00