Winter school

Winter School "How can we bring together phenomenology, experimental psychology and psychopathology: virtual reality as a solution?"

March 8 - 12, 2021

Strasbourg (France)


The aim of the school is to bring together around 20 to 30 students from different disciplines : philosophy, psychiatry, experimental psychology, and those who started to develop an expertise in virtual reality. Their task will be to re-group in small groups of 3 to 4 people in order to build an interdisciplinary project together. An important aim of the school will be to learn how to share ideas and concepts with researchers from different disciplines.

Students will be selected on their CV and a motivation letter describing the kind of project they would like to build. The documents can be sent to cThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Submission Deadline: Jan. 10th, 2021.

Talks will be given by the investigators of the european project VirtualTimes, to illustrate the building of a multidisciplinary project, and to provide knowledge on timing in experimental psychology, psychopathology, and virtual reality. Invited speakers will give keynote talks in the afternoon to provide complementary expertise.

Students will build their project in small groups in the afternoon, and will be helped by the speakers. The students will present their project on friday morning.

Arrival on Sunday evening, and first informal meeting.


This Winter School is supported by:

Project VirtualTimes (grant number 824128) funded by the EU under Future and Emerging Technologies.





MONDAY 8th march

  • 9:00 to 9:45 : Kai Vogeley : « Manipulation of Time Experience in Virtual Reality and Its Relevance for Psychopathology »
  • 9:45 to 10:30 : David Vogel, Kai Vogeley: « Qualitative analysis of disturbed time experiences in psychopathological states. »
  • 10:30 to 11:00 : coffee pause
  • 11:00 to 11:45 : Marc Wittmann : « How altered states of time consciousness have a treatment potential in psychiatric disorders »
  • 11:45 to 12:30 : Anne Giersch « A disruption of the feeling of time continuity in schizophrenia? What does it mean, how can it be explored in experimental psychology and what virtual reality can bring to patients? »

12:30 to 14:00 : lunch

  • 14:00 to 15:45: Posters session by the students, to promote interactions and the formation of students groups.
  • 15:45 to 16:00 : Pause
  • 16:00 to 17:00 : Aviva Berkovich-Ohana « Neurophenomenology »
  • 17:00 to 18:00 : Marc Erich Latoschik & Jean-Luc Lugrin : « Overview of Avatar and Psycho-Physical Effects in VR »


In the evening : social event


  • 9:00 to 9:45 : Maximilian Landeck & Jean-Luc Lugrin: « Metachron: A framework for time perception research in VR »
  • 9:45 to 10:30 : Michiel Spapé, Ville Harjunen, Imtiaj Ahmed, Mikko Kytö, Antti Ruonala, Giulio Jacucci, & Niklas Ravaja: « Virtually hares and turtles: How embodiment and perception-action integration determine our sense of time »
  • 10:30 to 11:00 : coffee pause
  • 11:00 to 11:45 : Fabian Unruh & Jean-Luc Lugrin: « Impact of Avatar Embodiment and Environment on Time Perception for Psycho-Pathological Conditions Diagnose and Therapy in Virtual Reality »  
  • 11:45 to 12:30 : Tanja Johnston « Virtual Reality in Therapeutics »

12:30 to 14:00 : lunch

In the afternoon: Finalization of the students groups. Each group will shortly present their preliminary idea. Each group will then be accompanied by 2 PIs.

  • 15:45 to 16:00 : Pause
  • 16:00 to 16:30 : Iris-Valerie Stracke «Translating research in Industry»


  • 9:00 to 9:45 : Mathis Jording, David Vogel, Maximilian Landeck, Fabian Unruh, Jean-Luc Lugrin, Marc Latoschik, Kai Vogeley: « Variabilty of Time Experience in a Starfield Environment. »
  • 9:45 to 10:30 : Maria Marloth, Kai Vogeley: « Ethical Issues of Virtual Reality Applications in Psychiatry. »
  • 10:30 to 11:00 : coffee pause
  • 11:00 to 11:45 : Doron Friedman, Rodrigo Pizarro, Keren Or-Berkers, Solène Neyret, Xueni Pan, Mel Slater «  A method for generating an illusion of backwards time travel using immersive virtual reality-an exploratory study »
  • 11:45 to 12:30 : Imtiaj Ahmed, Ville Harjunen, Michiel Spapé, Mikko Kytö, Antti Ruonala, Niklas Ravaja, & Giulio Jacucci: « Neuroadaptive VR: habituation and time perception perspective »

12:30 to 14:00 : lunch

In the afternoon: Groups work on their project, supported by the speakers.

  • 15:45 to 16:00 : Pause

16:00 to 17:00 : Emmanuel Guardiola « Game design »


  • 9:00 to 9:45 : François Foerster: « Behavioural and Electrophysiological Indicators of Time Processing in Virtual Reality »
  • 9:45 to 10:30 : Alvarez F « What can the Psychology of Time Perception tell us about Video Games? A Theoretical Analysis »
  • 10:30 to 11:00 : coffee pause
  • 11:00 to 11:45 : Khoshnoud S, Alvarez F, Wittmann M: « The Experience of Time in Virtual Environments: Subjective, Behavioral and Electrophysiological Perspectives. »
  • 11:45 to 12:30 : Ville Harjunen, Michiel Spapé, Imtiaj Ahmed, Mikko Kytö, Antti Ruonala, Giulio Jacucci, & Niklas Ravaja: « How does anticipation of emotional events modulate time perception »

12:30 to 14:00 : lunch

In the afternoon : Finalization of the projects

FRIDAY MORNING: presentations of the projects


Organizer: Anne Giersch - University of Strasbourg, UMR_S INSERM 1114 - Cognitive neuropsychology & physiopathology of schizophrenia




March 8-12, 2021


Arrival on Sunday evening, and first informal meeting. -

Any interested student (PhD or post-doctoral student) can apply by sending a CV and a motivation letter detailing the project he/she would like to develop with other students during the school. The documents can be sent to cThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submission Deadline: Jan. 10th, 2021

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