Tor Alexander Bruce

Tor Alexander Bruce
Northumbria University · Northumbria Design

Doctoral Research

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Introduction
Tor Alexander Bruce is an interdisciplinary doctoral researcher in HCI and the cognitive sciences, currently involving immersive interactive technology. He directed an insightful documentary (2009-13) and is a published book author. In 2021 he completed a title related to the current study. Career funding raised to date in excess of £500,000 with previous work linked largely to a Third Sector CEO post. For communication contact: tor.a.bruce@northumbria.ac.uk.
Additional affiliations
October 2019 - June 2020
Northumbria University
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Developing HCI prototypes with immersive VR technology in mental healthcare since 2017. This is financially supported from 2019-2022 via private sector and a university.
September 2017 - September 2018
Northumbria University
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Completed Masters study investigating systemic power, social innovation and technology in cognitive healthcare. Developed a parallel feasibility study from 2017, now part of a PhD focus linked to immersive, interactive technology in healthcare.
January 2006 - January 2019
Newcastle University
Position
  • HE, FE and school student lecturing, mentoring and teaching
Description
  • A Cert. Ed. qualified teacher and HE Associate Lecturer (AL), regularly facilitating learning across schools (KS3-4), FE and HE - linked largely to Third Sector CEO engagement, social innovation and prototyping.

Publications

Publications (46)
Conference Paper
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This paper is a condensed two-page version of a submission presented as part of the CHI21 Workshop Program entitled: Design and Creation of Inclusive User Interactions Through Immersive Media. As information relating to our preliminary findings is ongoing what we offer here is a summary-insight to our work. The problem we seek to address links to a...
Article
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This article documents the journey of a research study conducted by Tor Alexander Bruce, working in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) within immersive interactive technologies. This journal article first appeared in the online July 2020 issue of the quarterly magazine of the Design in Mental Health Network magazine, The Network (www.dim...
Conference Paper
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Recent work demonstrates the potential benefits of narrative techniques for individuals with traumas that underpin many mental health problems. Likewise, research over the last decade highlights possibilities for immersive technologies in providing ways for clinicians and patients to benefit from the delivery of therapeutic interventions. However,...
Research
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An analysis of Anthony Chemero’s: Radical Embodied Cognitive Science, building toward an understanding that outside of the human self, there is more to acknowledge, away from cultural paradigms which could be locked in an attitude of: I am where the answer is. The analysis concludes with discussion points. Keywords: Radical Embodied Cognitive Scien...
Preprint
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Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19) basic human survival essentials: Water; Air; Light and Connectivity, as a preventative response in a global pandemic - Maintaining mental and physical clarity and a sense of being interlinked at the centre of a storm.
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The human response on the ground in the face of global COVID 19 pandemic is an impressive example of how people apply innovative thinking to the design and development of ways to assist themselves and their fellow human. This paper seeks to capture ways that people respond in light of a sudden and global pandemic, where media newsreels will continu...
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A re-design of CTQ-SF Form as the form itself can be a challenge to source and download.
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Philosopical considerations.
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A table showing some insight into a history of philosophical thinkers.
Data
A table showing global social innovation video viewing listing the: source, speaker and main points identified.
Research
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An analysis of Foucault as a human being seeking to characterise different ways contemporary society expresses power to objectivise subjects: Extradition, Expulsion, Incarceration, Condemnation, Medication, Meditation, Immersion
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A single page of observation notes from a presentation: Ezio considers society has entered "a new wave of innovation", spawning a culture "in-between top-down and bottom-up" where a more "neo-liberal model" leads to "different trajectories of normalization".
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Building on Third Sector engagement with young people between 2001-12 the researcher trained as a teacher. This led to engagement in secondary school environments, both subject specific and largely focusing toward developing insight into the underlying social, cultural and environmental reasons behind classroom exclusion. The interviews took place...
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The researcher founded a registered charity and developed a service which led to creating employment for practitioner-facilitators, delivering arts-related education to young people from across the Tyne and Wear regions. The charity was answerable to its stakeholders and provided regular reports to funding bodies, such as: Lloyds TSB Foundation, Bi...
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As the participant enters the space they are asked to complete an initial assessment tool containing a single question: Where Are You At? This was first piloted in September 2017 as the researcher had engaged in several hundred hours of 1-1’s through Third Sector work with young people, then within schools (secondary and SEND), colleges and trainin...
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The feasibility trial taking place in a rectangular, white-walled room, resulted in a series of semi-structured interviews with participants (n=12). From this, five respondents provided response to an online feedback form, providing some valuable response in terms of future design and considerations to the study. Participants were asked to complete...
Presentation
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During planning and enhancing stages of developing the immersive process/product as a med-tech tool in healthcare, the researcher considered applying and adapting Verplank’s Spiral to the journey of innovation. This allowed the researcher to consider the stages of the innovation as a reflection of the process journeyed through between 2017-19. It a...
Presentation
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An 11-second video to show collaborators, stakeholders and visitors to presentations the day-to-day research platform in the immersive lab.
Research
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As linked to the making of the documentary The 3000 Mile Swim, the film's director, Tor Alexander Bruce, interviewed Dr Jeremy Bruce (visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuLcblQcSfo) to gain a perspective as insight into the realities faced by a GP. Dr Jeremy Bruce became a supporter of the documentary aims and regularly recommends the...
Data
Survey responses to inform considerations linked to an on-going study into the use of technological innovations in healthcare.
Preprint
This paper is now further advanced from 2019 and the research has continued. It was compiled to document early feasibility trial findings between 2017-18 with 12 participants. The data analysis involved IPA. This draft paper investigates a pilot trial approach with individuals presenting signs of struggle in cognitive health, where a gap exists to...
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Research conducted throughout five years to create a documentary and aligning online interview in the study field of cognitive health. Links to: - a website showing the full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jizILNytEBw - and an interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuLcblQcSfo
Presentation
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This brochure was developed throughout a 12 year period of the researcher's involvement as founder and strategic lead of a registered charity. The brochure aligns to an on-going research study into the well-being of young people and interventions which can encourage self-belief. The charity produced a range of data, as linked to young people person...
Research
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Whilst studying innovation in the cognitive healthcare system of the United Kingdom the researcher put an online call out to non-mainstream health professionals who provide services to people but who may not be employed through a specific sector of society or an aligning company, organisation or local authority. The researcher considers the unexplo...
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On-going research project linked to human behavior, cognition and suicide.
Preprint
Updated 2019 version of previous working paper. Note, this is a working document not a final draft.
Data
In line with the researcher’s engagement in practice with people presenting a range of ‘discomforts’ this table shows potentially influential factors which could be regarded as biological, social, emotional, environmental and other reasons.
Preprint
Innovation in the healthcare system; a chapter from a more broad study examining the distribution of power in UK cognitive healthcare. Keywords: Innovation 1; Social application 2; Systems 3; Concepts 4; Language 5; Healthcare 6; Cognitive 7; Boundary-shift 8; Transdisciplinarity
Research
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A chart designed during research linked to thinkers in social innovation. This led to an understanding of how ideas have developed throughout centuries. I found value across each century and feel it is important to consider more distant historical perspectives for the depth of thought.
Presentation
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Chart created from research into the development of thinkers throughout centuries. The intention was to develop an understanding of how people conceptualise the mind which led to investigating the variety of current approaches in psycho-therapeutic intervention.
Research
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A total of 46 semi-structured interviews in a secondary school setting with young people between key stages 3-4. The interview template is unique in its design and was based on discussion leading up to the interviews with members of the senior management team and the SENDCO. A chart was created from the findings, which showed that many of the class...
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Approximate 5,000 words detailing an intervention which took place in silence with an ASD student at a secondary school (Student J). The document describes in detail the exchange and the verbatim response as it was captured throughout. The researcher was at this point interested in the impact of silence in interventions and had entered a vow of sil...
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Approximately 7,000 words (non-referenced) detailing a trip to treck the Ansel Adams wilderness in the United States. This is not presented as a science paper but did contain some interesting finds which relate to the United States of America and its people.
Book
A book about the strength of human spirit through the life events of a central character - see: www.thesuicidefight.com
Presentation
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This is an Excel document used within a presentation to University students as linked to the Third Sector and fundraising. It lists funds raised by Tor Alexander Bruce since 2001, highlighting the various income streams, inclusive of grants, ancillary trading arm monies, CSR donations and in-kind support. The researcher has raised in excess of £500...
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A very brief movie showing the immersive interactive environment worked within on a weekly basis. This video contains some of the scenes I am developing, gradually, as I practically learn and read about the tech. This immersive design has led to some really fantastic collaborations between myself as a researcher and people in the UK and overseas. I...
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New study.
Research
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I work with a variety of people as 'partners' to a process of gaining self-empowerment. The work can be described as motivational and is personalised, as each individual tends to present their own version of 'struggle'. This particular work is with a teenage girl and the website - https://researchnortheast.wixsite.com/chewinggumandtears - describes...
Data
This data table links to an immersive interactive pilot trial with 12 participants - full details at: www.researchnortheast.com
Poster
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A 30-minute presentation at a health innovation conference. The subject linked to research available online via: www.researchnortheast.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32jJnytlQ5s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNBgPoId_Fk&t=1s
Book
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See: www.thesuicidefight.com

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