Narrative cognition and decision-making in mixed reality systems (WP2)

With the rapid implementation of mixed reality technologies (MRT) in different domains, there is an increase usage of narratives and interactive digital storytelling (IDS) techniques as rhetorical devices for persuasion (e.g. in advertisement, marketing, politics, sustainability, motivational strategies, etc.).  As persuasive elements, stories can influence the decision-making processes and the choices of their audiences. Together with MRT and advanced biometric signals processing, IDS constitutes a powerful tool for investigating human decision-making processes in specific situations. The ESR will investigate key aspects of narrative cognition that may have an implicit influence in decision-making processes when story elements are mediated through MRT with the purpose of advising, prompting or persuading subjects into particular courses of action, choices and decisions. In particular, the ESR will dig into decision-making processes that may be affected by conditions such as (but not limited to) moral dilemmas, paradoxes, causal inferences, emotional involvement, ambiguity, uncertainty and stress. The interdisciplinary methodology will combine tools and techniques from MRT/VR/AR and interactive digital storytelling, a suite of integrated psychophysiological methods (EEG, HR, GSR and eye tracking) and phenomenological-subjective approaches in order to study key cognitive processes and affective states elicited by narrative rhetorical devices in immersive technologies.

Planned secondments: UPISA (two months) to study the application of machine learning techniques to the integration of psychophysiological signals; UPV (two months) to study core cognitive processes in VR/MR interaction; GTEC (two months) for training in sensors systems and biosignal engineering and analysis.


This is Hossein Dini from Iran. I have got my Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zanjan, then I studied my master’s in Biomedical Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic).

I had worked on “EEG functional connectivity analysis of ADHD children during facial emotion recognition task” using machine learning and graph theoretical analysis. I am a huge NBA (Basketball) fan.




Narrative cognition and decision-making in mixed reality systems (WP2)


  • The ESR will provide new insight on the persuasive and rhetorical effects of narrative structures in human decision-making and cognition in the context of current and future interactive MRT