short story of my current research

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My current focus is on the use of wearables, smartphones, and Internet of Things with behaviour change techniques to make people exercise more, save energy, recycle, travel smart, be more productive, healthier and happier.
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We've established Psychology Sensor Lab to develop a new methodology and platform for using ubiquitous mobile physiological sensors in psychological and socio-behavioural research.
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We've conducted a series of usability tests with inexpensive consumer wearables and we're now developing models of using those wearables as behaviour change intervention in healthcare. Writing in progress.
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We're using sociometric sensors, personality measurements, verbal and non-verbal analysis to examine how meeting others online influences our immediate impression of meeting others offline, and vice versa. Research in progress.
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I'm examining how self-monitoring technology can be used to encourage cycling. We've conducted an online survey and in-depth empirical study looking on the use of personal tracking devices by cyclists. Paper under review.
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I also want to understand what's the attraction in new-wave of time-limited, instant social communication. We're conducting a small study on the use, privacy and self-disclosure on Snapchat. Analysis in progress.
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We're building a smartphone app as a part of support intervention for first-time fathers who are partners of women at risk of perinatal depression. Under preparation.
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As my side hobby, I'm also building a wearable bio- and environmental-sensing glove using the cheapest Arduino sensors available on consumer market, but thats a different story.

...and my past research

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My research is Glasgow was about social interactions - us looking at other people body movements, listening to their dialogues and trying to figure out whether they know each other or not, whether they’re happy or angry, friendly or hostile.
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I used motion capture system to record body movement of people engaged in different social situations. I used these recordings to create point-light displays for various experiments.
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In one project investigated how people deal with emotionally inconsistent voice and movement. If you have happy body expression but angry sound of voice, will you judge such expression as happy or angry?
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In another study I've tried to understand if observers can spot whether other person is attacking with a knife or gun or a bat only from their body movement.
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We wanted to go further and examine how people actually detect suspicious behaviour from others' body movements.
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In other collaborations we looked at the parts of the brain that plays a critical role in attributing a social meaning to the actions of others. We wanted to better localise brain activity specific to biological motion.
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We wanted to understand if emotional context in body movement combined with voice will affect early visual cortex activity.
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Finally, we found that zombies are more acceptable if they move rather then when they are still. Our Zombie paper can be found here.

also short story of me

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My name is Lukasz Piwek. I am a Research Fellow in Behavioural Change at the Bristol Business School, University of the West of England.
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I've completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Glasgow. I also hold an MA in Philosophy and MSc in Psychological Methods.
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I love the idea of distributed, community-driven, online, collaborative work. I actively contribute to Stack Overflow and Cognitive Sciences forums.
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I believe in Marshall McLuhan philosophy that technology is 'an extension of man’ and I fully embrace it in my research work. I write about it in Journal of Geek On Acid.
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To get in touch with me please send an e-mail.
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I am also on LinkedIn. and Twitter.

publications and talks

Piwek, L., McKay, L., Pollick, F. (2014) “Empirical evaluation of the uncanny valley hypothesis fails to confirm the predicted effect of motion.”, Published in Cognition 130: 271 - 77.

Piwek, L. (2012) “Social interactions, fights and zombies. Investigating perception of emotions from human motion.”, Invited talk, University of Tokyo, Research Center of Advanced Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan.

Vetter, P., Petrini, K., Piwek, L., Solanki, V., Pollick, F. & Muckli, L. (2012) “Emotional context affects early visual cortex activity”, 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Beijing, China.

Schlottmann, A., Bertin, E., Pollick, F., Haerri, U., Piwek, L. & Wilkening, F. (2012) “Goal attribution to point-light biological motion between 4 and 6 months of age”, International Society of Infant Studies (ISIS), Minneapolis, Minnesota, US.

Piwek, L., Petrini, K., Pollick, F. (2012) ”Auditory signal dominates visual in the perception of emotional social interactions”, International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF), Oxford, UK. Published in Seeing & Perceiving 25: 112.

Piwek, L. (2011) “'What are they doing?!' Capture and analysis of emotional body movements”, Changing the World - A conference for early career researchers, Glasgow, Scotland. Presentation available on Prezi

Petrini, K., Piwek, L., Crabbe, F., Pollick, F., Garrod, S. (2011) ”The Precuneus role in third-person perspective of dyadic social interaction”, European Conference of Visual Perception, Toulouse, France. Published in Perception 40: 87

Pollick, F., Steel, W., Tan, A., Piwek, L. & Ahlstrom, U. (2011), “A New Action Library For Localising Brain Activity Specific To Biological Motion”, Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, Florida, US. Published in Journal of Vision 11: 683

Piwek, L., Petrini, K. & Pollick, F. (2010), “Multimodal integration of the auditory and visual signal in dyadic point-light interactions”, Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, Florida, US. Published in Journal of Vision 10: 788

Piwek, L., Petrini, K. & Pollick, F. (2010), “Effects of audiovisual incongruency on perceived intention from dydadic point-light displays”, Scottish Vision Group (SVG), Dunkeld, Scotland.

Piwek, L. (2008), “The Dynamic Representation of Reality and of Our Self between Real and Virtual Worlds”, Published in Current Issues in Computing and Philosophy 175: 24 - 31.

Piwek, L. (2007), “Virtual Self and the Real World”, European Computing and Philosophy conference (ECAP), Twente, Netherlands.