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If one considers doing serious field and/or ethnographic work in social, interactional and behavioural sciences, one should consider getting acquainted with the softwares Elan developed by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (MPI Nijmegen henceforth), and Praat by (Boersma and Weenink, 2014). In my doctoral … Continue reading
During my PhD research↑ (.)
I transcribed sixTEen↑ hours of face-to-face interaction
for talk (.) errors (.) laughters=sniffs pauses (.)
facial expressions=gaze movements and voice qualia (.)
like PItch, fre:quency energy
(.) and their variations.
Mining human data is an extremely complex and painful exercise. However I guess one can eventually reach a decent level of empirical precision and also get to contemplate a number of interesting insights on ‘errors’ and their propagation.
More to follow…
In April 2013, I became a Junior Member of the ISRE Society [International Society for Research on Emotions]. So last August 2013, I travelled from China [where I was collecting the last set of data for my Phd work] to United States, California, Berkeley. At UC Berkeley I had the great pleasure to attend the 2013 – biannual conference of the ISRE Society . I presented a paper titled, ‘A proto-Language of Emotions? Response Cries as an Interactional Achievement‘.
At the conference, some groundbreaking results in physiology and the neurobiological basis of emotions were presented by a team of nobel Laureates . It eventually turns out that shorter telomeres tend to correlate with a long list of clinical psychological diseases and biological ones.
In this occasion [2013 ISRE society Conference], I also have witnessed Dr. W. Gerrod Parrott, Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University, passing the baton of ISRE presidency to Arvid Kappas, Professor of Psychology at Jacobs University. and finally, I had the great pleasure to meet Prof. Dr. George Lakoff and Prof. Dr. Paul Ekman and engage with them in academic and methodological discussions.
A picture of us in Facebook HeadQuarters in Palo Alto
In July 2013, I travelled to Shanghai, where I collected SOME sets of data for research. Those who know me can tell how much I am in love with this country, its people, the food. [from time to time I have the urge to move there] But.. Have I ever told you how beautiful it is to go and look at things around with the eyes [and mind] of an ethnographer?!?!?
This time, in an activity theoretical framework, I got really interested in two activities: 1) sewing.. as done professionally at THE VERY FAMOUS Shanghai Fabric market in NanCanJie [Lujiabanlu] – 南外滩轻纺面料市场, 南仓街, 陆家浜路 … and 2) street food activities.
When in Shanghai, I also attended a conference and had a very pleasant chat with former Italian Prime Minister, Former President of the EU commission, Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi. The conference was organised by the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Prof. Prodi provided a detailed analysis of the economic crises Europe is experiencing. His talk was fun while being extremely instructive. When asked “do you see the light at the end of the Tunnel for Europe?”, Prof. Prodi answered it was the back lights of a German pick up truck 😀
a memory of that day ….
In November 2012, I attended and gave a talk at the Embodied Foundations of Human Communicative Skills Conference, organised by the Standing Committee for Humanities of the European Science Foundation (ESF) .
Københavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen) hosted the event.
The talk I gave titled “Facial Physiology of Speech Errors“.
At the ESFEFHCS conference I had the great pleasure to meet and Pr.Dr. Asli Ozyurek, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Susan Goldin-Meadow , The University of Chicago These two researchers have inspired my earliest work (and academic upbringing) massively…. and of course I got my copy of “The resilience of Language” signed. 😀