This wiki documents the academic research of Jack Ratcliffe (jacktionman). Jack Ratcliffe is currently a PhD candidate in the Media, Art, Technology (MAT) and cognitive science (CogSci) laboratories at Queen Mary, University of London.

His research interests include:

  • Immersive virtual reality and its relationship with human cognition
  • Immersive virtual reality and embodied cognition
  • Immersive virtual reality and language learning
  • Interactive digital artworks as methods of communicating HCI concerns

His primary supervisor is Dr. Laurissa Tokarchuk (CogSci) and secondary supervisor is Dr. Agnieszka Lyons (Applied Linguistics).

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Research projects:


Embodied cognition and immersive virtual environments: doing, being, seeing and language learning. Exploring human cognition inside immersive virtual environments (IVEs) and the implications for language learning, by examining the impact of “doing” an embodied action, the experience of “being” in an embodied space, and “seeing” embodied agents.


  • Remote XR research: what are the implications for doing VR research using remote participants?
  • 360 video annotation for ethnography: software design for 360 video annotation tool for ethnographic observation
  • Explainability of algorithmic decision making: Sweet Data: Interactive art for engaging audiences in algorithmic decision making (2018)
  • Relationships with social media: Anti-Social Media: the aesthetics and concepts behind the artwork Anti-Social Media (2014)