Capturing the nurse’s kinesthetic experience of wearing an exoskeleton

The benefits of using intercorporeal perspective to video analysis


  • Julia Katila Tampere University
  • Tuuli Turja Tampere University



cyborg, exoskeleton, nursing, video-analysis, intercorporeality, kinesthesia


In this study, we introduce a video-ethnographic study of a research process in which nursing students try on exoskeletons—wearable forms of technology that are meant to decrease lower back strain when lifting something. We adopt microanalysis of video-recorded interaction to analyze moments in which a nurse tests how her body feels with the exoskeleton. Moreover, we explore how the nurse simultaneously makes accountable—observable and reportable (Garfinkel, 1967, p. vii)—to others how her body feels “inside,” i.e. her experience of kinaesthesia, or the ability of the human body to perceive its own movements and states as a ”body-in-motion” (Sheets-Johnstone, 2002, p. 138). We reflect on how the fact that we video recorded the whole process of testing the exoskeleton with three cameras and complemented our video analysis with observations and post-questionnaires enabled us to capture some of the kinesthetic, interactive, and context-specific aspects of trying on the exoskeleton.


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How to Cite

Katila, J., & Turja, T. (2021). Capturing the nurse’s kinesthetic experience of wearing an exoskeleton: The benefits of using intercorporeal perspective to video analysis. Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality, 4(3).