Embodying the illusion of a strong fit back, a pilot proof of concept study.

A study that has come about as a result of observations made during the development of my work Somatic Drifts whilst Artist-in-Residence, Affiliate Researcher, Sansom Institute, Body in Mind, University of South Australia and School of Medicine and Pharmacology, University Western Australia through ANAT’s Synapse residency.

This paper provides preliminary evidence of therapeutic effects arising from the experience of an embodiment illusion in participants with low back pain.

Published in Muscoloskeletal Science Journal, Volume 39, February 2019, “Embodying the illuson of a strong fit back, a pilot proof of concept study” by Nishigami, Martin Wand, Newport, Ratcliff, Themelis, Moen, Jones, Moseley and Stanton. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msksp.2018.07.002d

Playing Tricks with the Mind: Illusion and its Affect

Panel event for The Art of Pain art/science exhibition and symposium, Hawke Centre Adelaide July 2015.

The Art of Pain: Playing Tricks With The Mind – Illusion and its affect

Research fellow Dr Valeria Bellan discusses how the processing of tactile and painful stimuli informs multisensory integration and body representation – and in particular how our understanding of our peripersonal space informs our experience of pain.

Valeria will be joined by two of The Art of Pain exhibiting artists, Cat Jones and Eugenie Lee, who have both worked alongside her and other researchers at Body in Mind to test how artistic tools and processes concerned with illusion can contribute to this research.

Embodiment, Pelvic Pain and Anatomy’s Confection

Participant Sculpture, Anatomy's Confection, Proximity Festival, 2014. Image by Cat Jones

My Synapse residencies are interspersed with other artistic projects (and other research too!). One of these projects, Anatomy’s Confection is a new work made for Proximity Festival 2014 at Fremantle Art Centre. I initially thought this project and its research were on a completely different tangent to my Synapse research. However as it turns out after chatting to Jane Bowering…

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