Ulla Konnerup

e-Learning Lab – Center for User Driven Innovation, Learning and Design, Dept of Communication & Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark

September-December 2012. Hosted by Jeremy Bailenson

My research explores how interaction in immersive virtual worlds (IVW) might contribute to reconstruction of the communication competency among people suffering from aphasia after a brain injury. By transforming the rehabilitation landscape into an immersive virtual environment, with multimodal ways of communication, social interactions and an involvement of the body and nonverbal activities the reestablishing of the brain may process positively and promote cognitive and communicative functions. During my visit at H-STAR my focus is on the bodily immersion and interaction through avatar mediation and how this representation of self might contribute to recreation of self and communication competencies after a brain injury.