Residency at Brain&Emotion Lab

Residency at Brain&Emotion Lab

Gluon invites artists to submit proposals for the development and production of new work in collaboration with the Brain and Emotion Laboratory, a research group that is part of the department of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Maastricht (NL). The goal of the residency is to create a new artwork which integrates and/or reflects upon the innovative technological and scientific developments researched by the Brain and Emotion Laboratory.

Artists are invited, to develop, in collaboration with the researchers from the Brain and Emotion Laboratory, a prototype for a new artwork. The group investigates emotion and cognition in humans. Their projects include investigations of emotion and cognition in neurologically intact participants, but also in patients with focal brain lesions, and prosopagnosia, neuropsychiatric populations such as people with schizophrenia, autism and Williams syndrome. They use behavioral methods, electrophysiology, EMG, as well as functional imaging. Focus areas:

1. Non-conscious recognition in patients with cortical damage - The group has carried out novel research on the ability of patients with striate cortex lesions to identify the emotional meaning of visual stimuli of which they are not aware. Such non-conscious recognition was hitherto not deemed possible in these patients. The group has also recently developed a new, indirect methodology for studying non-conscious recognition of facial expressions.

2. Emotional expression in whole bodies - The computer crashes. What do we do? Self-consciously scratch our heads, fruitlessly fiddle with the computer, tear our hair and nervously bite our lips. Even though we don’t utter a single word, anybody watching would know exactly what’s going on inside. Our body language is part of us. Because emotions, gestures and facial expressions are linked up in the brain, even people who were born deaf and blind will turn down the corners of their mouths to express sadness and smile to show that they are happy.

3. Face recognition and its deficits - The research team has carried out a wide variety of studies in this area. The most important finding to date has been that prosopagnosics’ face identification performance was improved by inversion of face stimuli (the opposite is true for normal subjects). The theoretical implications of this paradoxical “inversion superiority” phenomenon in these patients have been incorporated into a new theory of face processing.

4. Multisensory perception and the interaction between auditory and visual processes - Cross-modal integration in speech perception, audio-visual localisation and the perception of affect are all investigated. The latter research concerns the interaction between identification of the emotional expression portrayed in the face simultaneously with the tone of voice in which sentences are spoken.

You will get the opportunity to develop your ideas and a prototype together with the researchers of the Brain and Emotion Laboratory. This can be an application, a maquette, mock-ups, code or 3D-visualisations, etc. Next to the labs of Brain and Emotion, the workshops of Gluon’s partners are at your disposal (Fablabs, Medialabs) for further development of the prototype. For the development and production of the prototype Gluon will grant up 5000 EUR to maximum one artist.

Submit your proposal before 18 December 2016, 11:00 (GMT+1) PM. Complete applications must include the following information:

  • Contact information
  • Biography – Max. 500 characters, spaces incl.
  • CV – Max . 1500 characters, spaces incl.
  • Description of the project including:
  • Abstract of the project (2500 characters)
  • Description of the technological innovative potential of the project (1000 characters)
  • Description of the technical (skills) of the researcher you need or that you already collaborating with (1000 characters)
  • Objective and expected outcome (500 characters)
  • Images – Max. 3

http://gluon.be/open-call-residency-brainemotion-lab-nl/

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www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/institutes/maastricht-brain-imaging-center

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