Zakaria Djebbara

Zakaria Djebbara
Aalborg University · Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology

PhD

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Introduction
Zak Djebbara is currently a postdoc at Aalborg University focusing on the role of architectural affordances in cognition and behavior by use of mobile EEG, VR, and computational neuroscience. Zak applies various kinds of simulations of brain dynamics to generate hypotheses that are then taken to experimentation. Zak is antidisciplinary and makes use of any method relevant to the research question. Zak is currently investigating how sensorimotor brain dynamics modulate behavior and cognition.
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - January 2017
Aalborg University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Assisted a Trier-Social-Stress-Test with varying architecture while teaching architecture to students on bachelor and master level.
Education
February 2017 - February 2020
Aalborg University
Field of study
  • Architecture, Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience
September 2014 - June 2016
Aalborg University
Field of study
  • Architecture
September 2011 - June 2014
Aalborg University
Field of study
  • Architecture

Publications

Publications (15)
Conference Paper
It is principal to understand the interface between the built environment and its users in framing the emotional, mental and physical well-being. For the built environment to support well-being, this human-centered approach must integrate an understanding of the interplay between architectural space and the physiological and psychological processes...
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People spend a large portion of their time inside built environments. Research in neuro-architecture—the neural basis of human perception of and interaction with the surrounding architecture—promises to advance our understanding of the cognitive processes underlying this common human experience and also to inspire evidence-based architectural desig...
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As we move through the world, natural and built environments implicitly guide behavior by appealing to certain sensory and motor dynamics. This process can be motivated by automatic attention to environmental features that resonate with specific sensorimotor responses. This review aims at providing a psychobiological framework describing how enviro...
Chapter
In the article discussed in this chapter, the authors describe a framework of neuroaesthetics for architectural experiences that considers sensory feedback stemming from movement central for the experience of the built environment. As we move through space when experiencing architecture, our sensory impressions change, rendering the body and the br...
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Action is a medium of collecting sensory information about the environment, which in turn is shaped by architectural affordances. Affordances characterize the fit between the physical structure of the body and capacities for movement and interaction with the environment, thus relying on sensorimotor processes associated with exploring the surroundi...
Conference Paper
The philosophies of substance presuppose a subject which then encounters a datum. This subject then reacts to the datum. The process ontology presupposes a datum (firstness) which is met with feelings (secondness), and progressively attains the unity of a subject (thirdness). It is in this sense that our bodily experience is primarily an experience...
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The perceptual experience of architecture is enacted by the sensory and motor system. When we act, we change the perceived environment according to a set of expectations that depend on our body and the built environment. The continuous process of collecting sensory information is thus based on bodily affordances. Affordances characterize the fit be...
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Action is a medium of collecting sensory information about the environment, which in turn is shaped by architectural affordances. Affordances characterize the fit between the physical structure of the body and capacities for movement and interaction with the environment, thus relying on sensorimotor processes associated with exploring the surroundi...
Thesis
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The following thesis is an interdisciplinary investigation of architectural transitions cast as a composite of space and experience in time. Dispersed between philosophy, architecture and cognitive neuroscience, the thesis also attempts to provide an empirically plausible neuroscientific framework that best explains the human experience of architec...
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Anticipating meaningful actions in the environment is an essential function of the brain. Such predictive mechanisms originate from the motor system and allow for inferring actions from environmental affordances, and the potential to act within a specific environment. Using architecture, we provide a unique perspective on the ongoing debate in cogn...
Chapter
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The aim of this chapter is to present an interdisciplinary approach, which positions the project in epistemological stances by justifying the produced knowledge to be practical knowledge. As the project is highly interdisciplinary, crossing cognitive neuroscientific methods, philosophical frameworks of embodiment and architectural theory, it is mai...
Chapter
This chapter draws on the importance of movement for human perceptual experience and how it influences brain dynamics. By use of Mobil Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI), artists with interest in the experience of art can get insights into human cortical activity during artworks. Specifically, art that depends on action faces challenges regarding the explor...
Preprint
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Anticipating meaningful actions in the environment is an essential function of the brain. Such predictive mechanisms originate from the motor system and allow for inferring actions from environmental affordances, the potential to act within a specific environment. Using architecture, we provide a unique perspective to the abiding debate in cognitiv...
Poster
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Transitions from one space to another are defined by two spaces and a delineating threshold, which can manifest in different architectural forms. Such transitions have an impact on the perception and affective evaluation of the connected spaces. Prior spaces seem to affect later spaces and the threshold itself might have an affective influence. We...
Poster
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Incentive architecture: Investigating spatial affordances in architecture using MoBI and VR Djebbara, Z., Fich, L.B., Petrini, L., & Gramann, K. Background Sequences of spaces are known to architects to have a certain impact on the perception and affective evaluation of spaces (1). Transitions themselves can be defined in time by the juncture bet...

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And, in addition, yields the best visualization?
Statistics do not matter as they are usually computed through R, anyway.
I'm already familiar with SIFT and EEGNET.
All kinds of help/suggestions are much appreciated!
Thanks!

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Projects (3)
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Our encounter with space is never free of an ongoing situation. Architectural transitions are thus essential in our understanding of the experience of the ingressed space. The aim of the project is to unpack the neuronal processes during different transitions between spaces by way of Virtual Reality and mobile EEG, and to elucidate how transitions impact the experience of the subsequent space.
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This project aim to investigate how the unfolding of environment impacts behaviour and experience. Transitions in architecture are known transhistorical elements, utilized to constrain view and movement in space, and further in continuation of experiential narratives. With the recent developments in cognitive neuroscience and philosophy, an embodied and enactive account of cognition and perception emphasizes the priority of action and action potentials, shedding new light upon the influence of transitions on human experience. The debate regarding whether perceptual processes, on a neural level, responds to action potentials remains at dispute. How does passage in architectural transitions have an impact on the body and brain, thus experience? When reintroducing time back to space, cognition is best explained as a dynamic system, interlinking brain, body and environment from which cognition emerges. In this regard, action is naturally linked to perception, which enactivism and free energy principle anticipates.
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Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI) is a recently developed a method that allows for simultaneous recording of brain and body dynamics of humans actively behaving in and interacting with their environment. A mobile imaging approach is needed to study cognitive processes that are inherently based on the use of human physical structure to obtain behavioral goals. The Berlin Mobile Brain/Body Imaging Lab investigates the brain dynamics underlying and interacting with cognitive and behavioral dynamics in a range of research projects. Here we investigate the brain dynamics in humans actively exploring space (BMBF and DFG projects), the neural dynamics of physical interaction with dynamic objects in 3D space and the impact of architectural space on human perception and emotion.