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Handling Digital Brains: A Laboratory Study of Multimodal Semiotic Interaction in the Age of Computers

Morana Alač


The results of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scanning require extensive analysis in the laboratory. This book shows that fMRI researchers do not sit passively staring at computer screens but actively involve their bodies in laboratory practice. Discussing fMRI visuals with colleagues, scientists animate the scans with gestures and speak as they work with computers. The author argues that to understand how digital scientific visuals take on meaning, we must consider their dynamic coordination with gesture, speech, and working hands—multimodal actions, which, she suggests, a ... More

Keywords: dynamic coordination, multimodal actions, digital scientific visuals, Peirce's semiotics, ethnography, multimodal conversation analysis, fMRI, practical thinking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015684
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morana Alač, author