Postdoctoral Researcher, Cognitive Film and XR
Dr. Kata Szita is a researcher with an interest in the behavioural and cognitive aspects of film, media, and extended reality experiences. She completed a Ph.D. degree in 2019 in cognitive film studies/neurocinematics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. During her doctoral studies, she was visiting researcher at the Schools of Science and Art, design and architecture at Aalto University, Finland and at the School of Psychology at University College Dublin, Ireland. She is the recipient of a visiting fellowship from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Currently, she investigates moving-image, virtual reality, and augmented reality experiences with a particular focus on cognition, embodiment, physiological reactions, decision-making, and social behaviour. Her recently published doctoral thesis "Smartphone cinematics: A cognitive study of smartphone spectatorship" discusses the psychological and technological mechanisms of interactive viewing on mobile devices.