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Physical, somatic re-enactment inspired by the Heider Simmel Illusion animation (1944) which was made as a way to register and measure PTSD in human cognition after WWII.

Anna Ialeggio, Jessica Hyatt, Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai, Justine Melford-Colegate and Linda Franke/Cedric Tai.

Monday Night Weirdos - 2 Feb, 2020 from Justine Melford-Colegate on Vimeo.

Fritz Heider & Marianne Simmel co-authored "An Experimental Study of Apparent Behaviour," which explored the experience of animacy. The study showed that subjects presented with a certain display of inanimate two-dimensional figures are inclined to ascribe intentions to those figures. This result has been taken to establish "the human instinct for storytelling" and to serve as important data in the study of theory of mind. In addition to her early work with Heider, Simmel went on to make important contributions in cognitive neuropsychology, for instance in her work on the phenomenon of the phantom limb.