short story of my current research

My current focus is on the use of digital technology, mobile devices and internet to make people exercise more, save energy, recycle, travel smart, be more productive and happier.
In one project we're developing a methodology to use a single-subject self-tracking approach as a research and assessment tool, with health-related application in mind. Project is in progress.
In another project we're examining how technology can be used to encourage cycling. We've conducted an online survey looking on the use of personal tracking devices by cyclists. Results to be published soon.
We also investigate patterns of bicycle use amongst students and we're collecting a broad range of measurements from cycling frequency to personality traits, attitudes and habits. And weather. Results to be published soon.
Finally, we're conducting a small study on privacy and self-disclosure on Snapchat. Results are currently being analyzed.

...and my past research

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.
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.
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?
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.
We wanted to go further and examine how people actually detect suspicious behaviour from others' body movements.
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.
We wanted to understand if emotional context in body movement combined with voice will affect early visual cortex activity.
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

My name is Lukasz Piwek. I am a Research Fellow in Behavioural Change at the Bristol Business School, University of the West of England.
I've completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Glasgow. I also hold an MA in Philosophy and MSc in Psychological Methods.
I love the idea of distributed, community-driven, online, collaborative work. I actively contribute to Stack Overflow and Cognitive Sciences forums.
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.
To get in touch with me please send an e-mail.
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.