Brain Storm



When we place everyday objects in a misfitting context, how does this affect how we perceive the action possibilities of such objects? And why is ‘recontextualisation’ such as placement of familiar objects in unfamiliar context a common theme in contemporary art? Does it trigger pre-reflective (or intuitive) prediction error processes?

Together with neuropsychologist dr. M. Wokke from the Amsterdam Brain & Cognition Centre, we conducted an experiment in which we recorded electroencephalographic (EEG) signals to research this.

For the first time in this field of study, brain activity was measured on everyday locations, rather than in a neutral lab. Could the outcome be relevant for the future of architectural design?



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