ADAPT & Human+ Researcher Publishes Cognitive Science Paper

29 September 2023

ADAPT and Human+ Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute Research Fellow, Dr. Kata Szita contributed to a recently published paper highlighting a growing theme in cognitive science addressing the processing of fictional information used in imagination, pretense, memory, and virtual experiences.

The paper, titled “Taking the unreal seriously: enriching cognitive science with the notion of fictionality”, argues the need for a comprehensive and systematic account that reflects on narrative comprehension or imagination embedded into general theories of cognition. The paper was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

The paper was co-authored by Pierre Gander (University of Gothenburg), Andreas Falck (University of Oslo) and William Hedley Thompson (Karolinska Institutet).

Dr. Kata Szita is a Human+ Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her research involves the cognitive studies of immersive digital media technologies and she has authored a wide range of publications on cognitive processing, attention, recollection, emotional engagement, and social behaviour in terms of smartphone spectatorship, augmented reality, cinematic virtual reality, social virtual reality, and the Metaverse.

Access the paper here.