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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Using Twitter to Assess Realtime Research Impact

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My blog post on how to use Twitter to monitor and evaluate the impact of a research news story has just been published by the LSE Impact of Social Sciences. Through my involvement with Research in English At Durham, I used Twitter to check how a radio report on tea-drinking in nineteenth-century Ireland was received by the listening public. Whilst it is easy to determine how widely a piece of research has impacted in terms of its number of listeners, viewers or readers, assessing what qualitative effect it has had on its audience is notoriously difficult. This post explains one solution using social media.

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