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Intersomatic awareness in game design

Thomas, Siobhán (2015) Intersomatic awareness in game design. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Abstract

The aim of this qualitative research study was to develop an understanding of the lived experiences of game designers from the particular vantage point of intersomatic awareness. Intersomatic awareness is an interbodily awareness based on the premise that the body of another is always understood through the body of the self. While the term intersomatics is related to intersubjectivity, intercoordination, and intercorporeality it has a specific focus on somatic relationships between lived bodies. This research examined game designers’ body-oriented design practices, finding that within design work the body is a ground of experiential knowledge which is largely untapped. To access this knowledge a hermeneutic methodology was employed. The thesis presents a functional model of intersomatic awareness comprised of four dimensions: sensory ordering, sensory intensification, somatic imprinting, and somatic marking.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2015 Siobhán Thomas
Library of Congress subject classification: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Sets: Departments > Management
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/3483

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