Surviving the Academia

December 15, 2023
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Season 2, Episode 1 | Exploring Cognitive Science

Welcome back to Surviving the Academia! In our much-anticipated return episode, we venture beyond the confines of our studio to explore the fascinating world of Jyväskylä University. Join us as our host engages in a thought-provoking dialogue with esteemed colleagues from the Human Technology Interaction unit, delving into the fundamental importance of the human dimension in academic research.

The Human-Technology Interaction research group (Human-Technology Interaction (Cognitive Science) — Faculty of Information Technology ( emphasises deep, multidisciplinary understanding of human beings as the basis of interaction design. This involves various disciplines associated with understanding of human thought and behaviour. Relevant areas of research include human factors and ergonomics, user psychology, usability, user experience (UX), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human-Technology Interaction (HTI), cognitive mimetics, User-Centered Design (UCD), and Life-Based Design (LBD).

This episode boasts a trio of exceptional guests: Tuomo Kujala (Associate Professor), Jussi Jokinen (Assistant Professor), and Johanna Silvennoinen (Senior Lecturer). Together, they shed light on the critical intersections between human cognition and technology, offering invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of academic research. Join us on this enlightening journey as we uncover the nuanced layers of human understanding that underpin groundbreaking research and design. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your horizons and deepen your appreciation for the vital role of the human element in shaping the future of academia and technology.

About Surviving the Academia

The program’s objective is to perform a brief analysis of the current situation of the Finnish universities, and the perspectives for the future considering organizational, sociological and pedagogical aspects. During the episodes we will explore different topics related with the university life that influence those who aim to build their academic career. These topics are approached from three main perspective: 1) The lack of resources that scientific research has nowadays due to the economical crisis and the COVID-19. 2) The difficulties to build up an academic career for researchers within universities and 3) The new and trendy University models which try to build bridges between the academia and the private sector and its impact on the structural and pedogeological impact on the institutions. We will explore these topics together with others relevant debates by interviewing both workers and students in a friendly atmosphere that enables them to share opinions and ideas that promote a healthy debate.

Thanks to Monttu Studio at the University of Jyväskylä and the technician Joni Palmiranta. In addition, thanks to Ondrej Grzegorz for his help in editing.


Producer & Host: Jose Cañas-Bajo
Guests: Tuomo Kujala, Jussi Jokinen, Johanna Silvennoinen
Editing & live streaming: Bailey Polkinghorne

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