FELIX SCHOELLER


21st-century explorer applying affective and social neuroscience outside of the lab to design novel forms of storytelling and amplify human intelligence.

COGNITIVE ENGINEERING
THE FUTURE OF HUMAN-MACHINE INTERACTION

My research combines methods in the brain and behavioral sciences, engineering, and physics to study how humans learn, adapt, and explore changing environments. In the laboratory, I study human emotions, their role in behavioral change, and the function of internal bodily signals (interoception) in shaping the conscious learning experience. The applications for this research are far-reaching, extending to a wide range of domains from education to health and the arts, while informing the design of body-based technologies for interfacing with emotions and feelings.

Publications

Schoeller, F. et al. ,(2019). Enhancing human emotions with interoceptive technologies. Physics of Life Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2019.10.008

Schoeller, F., et al., (2018) Physics of mind: Experimental confirmations of theoretical predictions, Physics of Life Reviews, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2017.11.021.

IDEOMOTOR™
BODY-BASED TECHNOLOGIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH

I am the founder and CTO of Ideomotor, a company designing augmented reality technologies for improving mental health.

The company spun out of a project for augmenting theatre plays with real-time sound effects. It turns out that proprioception (our internal sensation of the body in space) plays a crucial role in psychological trauma and its complications (depersonalization, derealization, depression). We are now partnering with somatic therapists, to design novel forms of clinical applications, currently tested in hospitals and dedicated research labs.


Our first product, POW! transforms movement into sound for body-based screenfree augmented reality experiences.

We still explore the potential of the technologies for performance, extending our work at Kampnagel with the Euro-African collective La Fleur. We recently featured in Ars Electronica 2020 with pioneer cyborg artist Moon Ribas and Ferran Baldo from Tigrelab.


COLLABORATION


Whether you are a clinician or therapist, a student interested in my supervision for your PhD or Master's thesis, or simply a colleague who'd like to reach out to talk about social physiology or the augmented mind, I'm always interested to hear from you through these dedicated forms.


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