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Alfonsina Scarinzi

My field of research is Aesthetics of Interaction and embodied approaches to technologically mediated aesthetic experience. I hold a PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Georg-August Universitaet Goettingen (Germany) where I was awarded a DFG grant and a DAAD grant. In my research I am developing an anti-dualistic embodied approach to aesthetic experience in the interaction with technologically mediated environments. In the following some of my publications:

1) Continuous recognition of player's affective body expressions as dynamic quality of aesthetic experience, IEEE TCIAIG, Special Issue on Computational Aesthetics, 2012, 199 - 212 (co-authored with Savva, N. & Bianchi-Berthouze, N.)

2) Grounding Aesthetic Preference in the Bodily Conditions of Meaning Constitution. Towards an enactive approach, The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, 43, 2012, 83 – 103

3) Alfonsina Scarinzi (ed.) (2014), Embodied Aesthetics: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind, Philosophy of History and Culture, Vol. 34, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden

4) Alfonsina Scarinzi (ed.) (2015), Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy, Contributions to Phenomenology, Vol. 73, Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht

"The first scholarly volume in the field of aesthetics to present an embodied approach to human experience"

I am interested in the NoE in Internet Science because in my research I investigate the constitution of users' aesthetic experience as the richest form of human experience in the interaction with virtual worlds via Internet. My main research question is how to determine the viable degrees of value (nice/nicer; enjoyable/more enjoyable; pleasurable/more pleasurable) of an experienced virtual world and hence how Internet applications should be shaped in order to be able to co-determine an enjoyable experience in interaction.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Network can help me broaden my research horizons.