UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 1st March: David Coyle, University College Dublin – Measuring Personal Agency in Human Computer Interactions
David Coyle, University College Dublin

Title

UCLIC Research Seminar 1st March: David Coyle, University College Dublin – Measuring Personal Agency in Human Computer Interactions

Abstract

In cognitive neuroscience literature the sense of agency is defined as the experience of controlling one's own actions and, through this control, affecting the external world. Personal agency is a surprisingly malleable experience that links to concepts such as ownership, responsibility and causality. It and has a significant impact on how we understand and interact with our world. In this talk I will discuss theoretical perspectives and results of a series of experiments applying methods developed by cognitive neuroscientists to interactions with technology. This includes experiments on speech and on-body interfaces, together with simple intelligent technologies that have the potential to blur the distinction between human and machine agency. Results suggest that factors such as the input modality and level of assistance provided by a computer can have a significant impact on our sense of personal agency.

Biography

David Coyle is a Lecturer with the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin. Previous positions include Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol and Marie Curie Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. David is a Funder Investigator with the SFI Insight Centre for Data Analytics and leads the H2020 funded TEAM ITN, focused on designing new technologies to support mental health care for young people. Further details of David's interests, include research on the sense of agency are available at www.davidcoyle.org.

Host

David Coyle will be hosted by Enrico Costanza. Please contact Enrico if you would like to have a meeting with David.