Iva Georgieva



Assistant Professor

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology
13A Moskovska Str.
Sofia 1000 Bulgaria

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Iva Georgieva earned her PhD in Multidisciplinary Sciences in 2017 from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Her research interests are in the fields of History and Philosophy of Science with focus on Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind, and Ethics of Technology. Her PhD thesis discusses the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Virtual Reality by considering trauma from a philosophical point of view based on the concept of the narratives people create as explanations of their lives. As a PhD student at the University of Tokyo she began analyzing the impact of social media on the human self from a philosophical point of view and gradually focused on discerning between the different levels of virtual spaces reaching to Virtual Reality as offering most immersive exposure and hence, greater effect. Her dissertation on the possible treatment of trauma in Virtual Reality reveals how re-assessing memory and stories about past events as an author of one's own life story could change unhealthy cognitive structures and help patients articulate and re-create their reality perception for a new outlook and meaning in their life. In her research Dr. Georgieva looks at the immersion in Virtual Reality as a new medium for self-identification and self-realization.