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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited$
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Catelijne Coopman, Janet Vertesi, Michaeland Lynch, and Steve Woolgar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262525381

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262525381.001.0001

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Digital Scientific Visuals as Fields for Interaction

Digital Scientific Visuals as Fields for Interaction

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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited

Morana Alač

The MIT Press

This chapter analyzes the digital materiality of scientific visuals by examining how brain images displayed on screens are manipulated and coordinated with talk and embodied gesture in neuroscience research. Drawing upon detailed fieldwork and video analysis in an fMRI laboratory, the chapter shows how brain images function as diagrammatic signs that laboratory researchers deploy in situated, multimodal interactions. By recasting brain images as integral parts of the semiotic and interactional production of research, the chapter shows how such visuals provide an interface between digital screens and lived bodies in the everyday work of science.

Keywords:   Brain scans, Gesture, Semiotics, Fields for Interaction, Digital visualizations

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