The map is in our heads… and bodies!

Different scientific evidences suggest that separate but interconnected parts of our brain assume specific functions in building an internal map of space which helps keep track of one’s position in the world. Spatial memories are formed after an animal gathers and processes sensory information about its surroundings especially by the way of vision and proprioception. […]

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Computational Aesthetics: the beholder needs eyes?

Computational aesthetics is a subfield of Artificial Intelligence, concerned with the computational assessment of beauty in domains of human creative expression  which bridges science and art. As an emerging and new interdisciplinary field, the seed of today’s Computational Aesthetics can be traced as far back as 1928, when American mathematician George David Birkhoff proposed the […]

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The city as a canvas.

Some time ago I wrote in this blog how almost a decade ago I presented my M.Phil thesis at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of San Sebastian about the relationship between skateboarding in the streets and urban development. At that time little academic literature about this research field could be found, but now thankfully […]

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Designing human cognitive experiences.

“Natural science is concerned with the necessary, with how things are, whereas design is concerned with the contingent, with how things might be”, Herbert Simmon (1969). The field of User Experience Design (UXD) is a conceptual discipline focused on the interaction between human users, artifacts, and their contextual environments. So the main focus of this […]

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Embodied Cognition through Skateboarding.

The practice of skateboarding helps rethink the environment of the user through the opportunities found in the urban context, which in consequence helps redefine his/her life. As philosopher Daniel Dennet writes in his last book “From bacteria to Bach and back” our brains are control centers for dealing with the the affordances (opportunities and risks) of our […]

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