Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Research Update

We are in the process of launching a very exciting new research direction in the lab, which is somehow (and rather obviously) at the interface between our interests in virtual spaces and in pathologies of sensory systems: "theoretical and practical aspects of tele-medicine in otolaryngology". Actually, some of our recent works could be seen as "predictors" of this kind of projects (particularly, the paper on recognition of artificial/human language, and the last review on tinnitus). We first will focus on theoretical aspects, but with the aim to go relatively soon (depending on how things evolve) to more practical things ... ideally with some more grant support !

Lortie CL, Guitton MJ (2011) Judgment of the Humanness of an Interlocutor is in the Eye of the Beholder. PLoS ONE, 6:e25085.
Guitton MJ (2012) Tinnitus: pathology of synaptic plasticity at the cellular and system levels. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 6:12.

Speaking about tele-medicine, Catherine is back from the 17th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Telemedicine Association (AMA) at San Jose, CA. It seems this year was a very good occurrence of this meeting !

On an other topic, the paper on the "Hutt Space" of Star Wars Role-Play community of Second Life (see picture just below for those who forgot what a Hutt is) is now in press, and available here.


Actually, this paper is kind of interesting (I know, I am biased), since it provided a greater "deepness" in the 3C model of immersion on which we are working, and since it increased our understanding on dynamics of virtual communities, and identified some structuring factors ...

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