Catharina Smedegaard - New PhD at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas

Catharina will be working on the project: "Social robots, novelty effects, and situated meaning-making: how a situated account of cognitive and behavioural novelty effects may contribute to the understanding of how social robots are made sense of pre-mass-distribution.”

16.01.2018 | Camilla Dimke

My name is Catharina Vesterager Smedegaard, and I started as a PhD-student the 1st of December 2017. I have a BA and MA in philosophy, both with psychology as subsidiary subject.

In autumn 2015 I interned at the research group PENSOR (the present RUR), where both my interest in Social Robotics was sparked and the idea for my MA thesis was formed.

Continuing the focus of my MA thesis, my PhD-project is titled “Social robots, novelty effects, and situated meaning-making: how a situated account of cognitive and behavioural novelty effects may contribute to the understanding of how social robots are made sense of pre-mass-distribution.”

In short, I will be investigating the human experience of novelty and the following cognitive and behavioural effects from an integrative and situated perspective: drawing upon research in phenomenology, neurocognitive psychology, and anthropology, I will conceptualize the experience of novelty as a particular kind of embodied being-in-the-world, and the following effects as certain kinds of situated meaning-making. From the contention that social robots currently provide a unique opportunity to study the phenomenon of novelty, I will employ the area of human interactions with social robots (HISR) as sample-domain, and thus hope to advance our understanding of how the novelty of social robots is currently affecting research of HISR.

Supervisor: Johanna Seibt, professor MSO


Contact Information:
Catharina Smedegaard
Institut for Kultur og Samfund - Afdeling for Filosofi og Idéhistorie
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7
bygning 1465, 619
8000 Aarhus C
Danmark
catvs@cas.au.dk

 

 

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