Georgiana Juravle, PhD, "Sensation in Action"

Fellow 2017 L'Oréal-Unesco For Women In Science, Georgiana Juravle is dedicated to the study of the reactions of the brain, in order to understand our senses.

Man is constantly interacting with his environment; it brings about movements such as walking or picking up an object. These actions are controlled by the brain in response to the environment stimulating the senses. 

In order to find out more about these mechanisms, Georgiana Juravle, a post-doctoral researcher at the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center’s ImpAct Laboratory, dedicated her research to characterizing the sense of touch during actions which have a specific purpose.

Her current postdoctoral project seeks to understand the brain’s reactions to unforeseen sensory events that it hasn’t prepared for. “The aim of my project is to study how sensory information is integrated in habitual actions and to understand the interactions of the senses with the environment, in order to improve them”. 

For example, Georgiana Juravle uses a virtual reality mask to create a tactile surprise, by associating seeing a smooth object with handling a prickly object. This process allows her to study the link between the sensation and the action of picking up the object. 

The results will make it possible to measure the role that the senses play in perceiving the environment and the importance of this interaction for our well-being. And according to the young researcher, who was born in the mountains of Borsa in Maramures (Romania), those results will benefit different areas, especially sport, with the creation of tactile clothing, and medical technology, with the development of prostheses equipped with a sense of touch.

Watch the video of her performance and let us know @4womeninscience

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