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Colloquia: Avatars for Empowerment
Friday, 13 Apr 2018
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
201 International Center
Center for Gender in Global Context
Event Details:

GeCen 2018 Colloquia Series presents "Avatars for Empowerment: The real potential of virtual selves" with Professor Rabindra Ratan

Did you know that avatars offer a secret weapon that can be used to help reduce real-world social inequities? This talk addresses this questions, examining recent theory and research on the psychological experience and effects of avatar use. 

Rabindra (Robby) Ratan is Assistant Professor and AT&T Scholar at MSU's Department of Media & Information, and is also affiliated with MSU's Department of Psychology as well as MSU's College of Education's program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology. His research focuses on psychological experiences of media use, with an emphasis on interactive environments (e.g., virtual worlds, videogames, the road) that include mediated self-representations (e.g., avatars, cars).