Dr. Zeynep Akbal works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Digital Surgery Lab in Experimental Surgery at the Department of Surgery, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She studied communication sciences, media sciences, philosophy, and worked on developing her interdisciplinary method around virtual reality (VR) technology. She did her doctorate in philosophy at Universität Potsdam. Her dissertation is recently published as a monograph, titled "Lived-Body Experiences in Virtual Reality. A Phenomenology of the Virtual Body.”
Her research focuses on the intersection of philosophy of perception, cognitive sciences and VR. In her recent research project “Tactile Stimulation in VR” at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, she focused on the behavioral consequences of haptic feedback in a VR task.