Sunday, July 25, 2010

Comic-Con 2010, PhD Comics Cameo, Facebook

Today closes another wild and fun ComicCon. My talk seemed to go fairly well (thanks to those who came!), and I greatly enjoyed the discussions with people afterwards. This was the first year I got to present actually experimental brain data on comics, which I'd been looking forward to for awhile. I only wish I had more time to answer questions, so if you didn't get an opportunity to ask what you wanted to, email it to me and I'll discuss it on the blog!

Anyhow, I had a particularly great time this year, so thanks to everyone who I saw and interacted with!

Amusingly enough, I also make a cameo this weekend in the latest strip of PhD Comics by Jorge Cham. We met at last year's convention, and he's included me in his summary of the Con. I had a great time with him, made even more fun by the fact that I read his strip nearly every day already (and you should too!).

Also, I now have an official public Facebook page. I'll be using this page as another place to find updates on papers, lectures, and notices on opportunities to participate in research. So, if you enjoy my work and or would like to follow it via updates on Facebook, please add me!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ComicCon 2010 Reminder

Just a reminder that my talk at ComicCon, "This is your brain on comics", will be on Friday from 1-2pm in room 26AB. I'll be speaking about my recent experiments looking at how the brain processes the sequential images in comics. Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Soo Bahk Do Presequenced sparring, 2010 Nationals

This isn't "visual linguistics" related, but this last weekend I competed at the 2010 Soo Bahk Do National Festival. In the advanced ranks division my partner, Master PJ Steyer, and I won first place with this coreographed routine, so I thought I should share.

I'm the one who starts on the right with the shaved head. Supreme kudos to Noelia Lago for the great filming!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Comicon 2010: This is your brain on comics

The official ComicCon schedule was just released, and it looks like my talk will be Friday 1-2pm, room 26AB. Here's the official description of the panel:
1:00-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #7: This is Your Brain on Comics Theory— Julia Round (Bournemouth University) argues that From Hell relies on a comics aesthetic, in which all panels are co-present in the page's spatial layout, to represent time as co-present and nonlinear. Neil Cohn (Tufts University) discusses two psychology experiments examining what happens in the brain when people read comics. Room 26AB

I'll post a more in depth description of my own talk soon, but yes, when it says "brain" it really means it: I'll be showing data from my brainwave experiment using comics.