ICAT Playdate: Resurrecting the Gigapixel Display: Can Embodied Cognition be Small?

Friday, April 21, 2017
Location & Time: 

8:30 – 9:30am in the ICAT Learning Studio, 253 Moss Arts Center

One of the benefits of moving around a large, interactive display is that users gain kinesthetic cues that can enhance memory for the spatial location of items.  Recently my lab has investigated how items' large physical size alone can alter perceptual and cognitive processes independently from the motor actions that they afford.  I will describe our efforts to distinguish the roles of locomotion, embodiment, and physical scale on declarative memory.  The pursuit of these goals, as well as a fond nostalgia, led us to recreate the original (now-dismantled) Gigapixel Display in a desktop virtual environment.  Using VR to reproduce the sense of presence associated specifically with a large display poses a big question: can you take the sense of size out of the sense of presence?

Speaker: Anthony Cate is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Virginia Tech.  He received Psychology degrees from Yale University (B.A.) and Carnegie Mellon University (Ph.D.), where he studied Cognitive Neuroscience through the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.  Before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, he trained as a postdoc in the Group for Action and Perception at the University of Western Ontario, and in the Human Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Veterans Affairs Northern California Medical Center in Martinez, CA.