short story of my current research

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To start with, my research journey is possible thanks to collaborations with some amazing people out there.
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My current focus is on the use of smartphones and wearable sensors in behaviour change - to make people travel smart, exercise more, be more productive, healthier and happier.
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With Prof Adam Joinson and James Morvan we've examined how self-monitoring technology can be used to encourage cycling. We've conducted an online survey and in-depth field study looking on the use of personal tracking devices by cyclists. Paper in press
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In project coordinated by Dr Toity Deave with Prof Joinson we're evaluating a large data set collected from an app that helps moms in the early stages of their parenthood. Analysis in progress.
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We also want to understand the attraction with self-destructing instant messaging services and with making selfies. With Prof Joinson we've conducted a small study on the use of Snapchat. Paper in review.
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We've established interdisciplinary and collaborative Psychology Sensor Lab with Dr David Ellis and Dr Sally Andrews in order to develop a new methods for using smart wearables and mobile sensors in psychological, socio-behavioural and consumer research.
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As a part of this collaboration we’re testing smartphone sensors, playing with simple approaches to mobile data collection, running usability tests, and making prototypes with Arduino. Research in progress.
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With Dr Ellis we're also using sociometric sensors, personality measurements, verbal and non-verbal analysis to examine first impression formation between online and offline context. Research in progress.
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With Dr Phoebe Moore we're conducting a longitudinal observational study on the impact of Quantified Self solutions in the real workplace (including issues such as corporate responsibility and cyber-ethics). Research in progress.

...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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With Prof Frank Pollick we 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 with Dr Karin Petrini and Prof Pollick we 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 with William Steel and Prof Pollick we'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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I wanted to go further and examine how people actually detect suspicious behaviour from others' body movements.
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With Dr Petrini, Prof Pollick, and Prof Garrod we looked at the parts of the brain that plays a critical role in attributing a social meaning to the actions of others. Our precuneus paper can be found here.
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With Dr Vetter, Dr Petrini, Mr Solanki, Dr Smith, Prof Pollick, and Prof Muckli we wanted to understand if emotional context in body movement combined with voice will affect early visual cortex activity.
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Finally, together with Dr Lawrie S. McKay and Prof Pollick 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 Dr 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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To get in touch with me please send an e-mail.
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I am also on LinkedIn
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...and Twitter.

talks, blogs and other logs

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24th Feb 2015
Online Consumer Persuasion: a short introduction
Guest lecture
'Interactive Marketing', Masters module, UWE, Bristol
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5th Dec 2014
Online Consumer Behaviour
Guest lecture
'Interactive and Digital Marketing', 3rd year module, UWE, Bristol
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26th Sept 2014
Digital Landscape
Guest lecture
'Interactive and Digital Marketing' 3rd year module, UWE, Bristol
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9th Sept 2014
Living by the dashboard light
Media Interview
Article published by 'ING World Magazine', Netherlands
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10th May 2014
The Future of Behaviour Change
Conference talk
Blog essay
2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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4th April 2014
About Smartphones
Blog essay

...and some publications

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Piwek, L., Joinson, A., Morvan, J. (2015) "The use of self-monitoring solutions amongst cyclists: An online survey and empirical study", Transportation Research Part A [in press].
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Piwek, L., Pollick, F. E. and Petrini, K. (2015) "Audiovisual integration of emotional signals from others’ social interactions", Frontiers in Psychology [in press].
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Petrini, K., Piwek, L., Crabbe, F., Pollick, F. E. and Garrod, S. (2014) "Look at those two!: The precuneus role in unattended third-person perspective of social interactions", Human Brain Mapping 35: 5190 - 5203.
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Piwek, L., McKay, L., Pollick, F. (2014) "Empirical evaluation of the uncanny valley hypothesis fails to confirm the predicted effect of motion, Cognition 130: 271 - 77.
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Piwek, L., Petrini, K., Pollick, F. (2012) ”Auditory signal dominates visual in the perception of emotional social interactions”, Seeing & Perceiving 25: 112-112. Presented at International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF), Oxford, UK.
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Petrini, K., Piwek, L., Crabbe, F., Pollick, F., Garrod, S. (2011), The Precuneus role in third-person perspective of dyadic social interaction”, Perception 40: 87-87. Presented at European Conference of Visual Perception, Toulouse, France.
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Pollick, F., Steel, W., Tan, A., Piwek, L. & Ahlstrom, U. (2011), "A New Action Library For Localising Brain Activity Specific To Biological Motion", Journal of Vision 11: 683-683. Presented at Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, Florida, US.
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Piwek, L., Petrini, K. & Pollick, F. (2010), "Multimodal integration of the auditory and visual signal in dyadic point-light interactions", Journal of Vision 10: 788-788. Presented at Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, Florida, US.
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Piwek, L. (2008), "The Dynamic Representation of Reality and of Our Self between Real and Virtual Worlds", Current Issues in Computing and Philosophy 175: 24 - 31.