AYMERICH-FRANCH, LAURA

Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow

+34 93 542 1212
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Personal Web

www.aymerichfranch.com

 

Current position: Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow

Academic Training:PhD (Cum Laude) Audiovisual Communication & Advertising (UAB, 2010); Master of Research in Behavior and Cognition (UB, 2017); Master of Research in Contents in the digital age: industries, technology, production and reception (UAB, 2007); Llic. Audiovisual Communication (UAB, 2005).

Research interests: Media Psychology, Virtual Reality, Social Robots, Mediated Embodiment, Emerging Communication Technologies

Current research: Positive applied uses of social robots and virtual reality for the human well-being

 

 

  • CONFERENCESS/CONGRESSES 

Aymerich-Franch, L., Petit, D., Ganesh, G., & Kheddar, A. (2016). In a robot’s body: Illusory bi-location of the self during artificial body reduplication. International Communication Association Conference (ICA), June 9-13, Fukuoka, Japan.

Aymerich-Franch, L., Petit, D., Ganesh, G., & Kheddar, A. (2015). Embodiment of a humanoid robot is preserved during partial and delayed control. Proceedings of the IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts (ARSO 2015). July, 1-3, Lyon, France.

Aymerich-Franch, L. & Bailenson, J. (2014). A Dissimilar Virtual Self to Decrease Social Anxiety. Poster presented at the International Communication Association Conference (ICA). May, 22-26, Seattle, USA.

Aymerich-Franch, L. (2014). The effect of incentive type and sex on attitudes towards interactive television advertising. Proceedings of The International Conference on Communication and Media 2014 (i-COME’14). October, 18-20, Langkawi, Malaysia. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ed. Elsevier.

Aymerich-Franch, L. & Bailenson, J. (2014). The use of doppelgangers in virtual reality to treat public speaking anxiety: a gender comparison. Proceedings of the International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference. March, 17-19, Vienna, Austria. – Top Three Paper Award.

Aymerich-Franch, L. (2012). Can we identify with a block? Identification with non-anthropomorphic avatars in virtual reality games. Proceedings of the International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference. October 24–26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Aymerich-Franch, L., Karutz, C., & Bailenson, J.N. (2012). Effects of facial and voice similarity on presence in a public speaking virtual environment. Proceedings of the International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference. October 24–26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

 

  • NEXT CONFERENCESS/CONGRESSES

Aymerich-Franch, L., Kishore, S., & Slater, M. (2018, accepted). Examining sense of responsibility in an experience of robot avatar embodiment. International Communication Association Conference (ICA), May 24-28, Prague, Czech Republic.

 

 

  • PUBLICATIONS
Aymerich-Franch, L. (2018). Is mediated embodiment the response to embodied cognition? New Ideas in Psychology, 50.
 
Aymerich-Franch, L., Petit, D., Ganesh, G., & Kheddar, A. (2017). Object touch by a humanoid robot avatar induces haptic sensation in the real hand. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 22(4), 215-230.

Aymerich-Franch, L., Petit, D., Ganesh, G., & Kheddar, A. (2017). Non-human Looking Robot Arms Induce Illusion of Embodiment. International Journal of Social Robotics, 1-12.

Aymerich-Franch, L., Petit, D., Ganesh, G., & Kheddar, A. (2016). The second me: Seeing the real body during humanoid robot embodiment produces an illusion of bi-location. Consciousness and Cognition, 46, 99-109.

Aymerich-Franch, L., Petit, D., Kheddar, A. & Ganesh, G. (2016). Forward modeling the rubber hand: illusion of ownership modifies motor-sensory predictions by the brain. Royal Society Open Science, 3(8).

Aymerich-Franch, L. (2016). Walking among humanoids: acceptance of social robots in human environments (Orig. Caminando entre humanoides: la aceptación de los robots sociales en entornos humanos). Telos, 104. [Spanish].

Aymerich-Franch, L. & Ganesh, G. (2016). The role of functionality in the body model for self-attribution. Neuroscience Research, 104 (Special Issue on Body representation in the brain). – in the list of “most downloaded Neuroscience Research articles” for five consecutive months and in the list of “Elsevier’s most highly cited articles in Neuroscience in 2016”. 

Aymerich-Franch, L., Kizilcec, R., & Bailenson, J. (2014). The Relationship between Virtual Self Similarity and Social Anxiety. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 944.

Aymerich-Franch, L. (2010). Presence and emotions in playing a group game in a virtual environment: the influence of body participation. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 13(6).



Department of Communication

Edifici Roc Boronat (campus del Poblenou)
Roc Boronat, 138
08018 Barcelona

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