Artist in residence showcase at Biological Psychiatry Australia conference

Visual artist Chrys Zantis has been working with the Cognitive Neuroscience and Computational Psychiatry Lab at the Queensland Brain Institute and most recently, the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Chrys observed and collaborated with the team while conducting her own research in the field of neuroscience, anatomy and biotechnological interventions only through visual perspectives and for cultural outcomes, rather than scientific endeavour.

The lab’s research is theoretically driven by ideas of Predictive Coding, a computational framework that posits the brain is a predictive, efficient and adaptive machine. The main aim of the group is to understand how the brain’s circuitry implements these mechanisms, which enable them to make predictions about future events as well as learn about, and adapt to, the contingencies of a novel environment. Along with their work on typical cognition in healthy human individual, their mission is to contribute to the understanding of mental illness, in particular to those conditions where predictive processes and brain circuitry are disrupted such as in schizophrenia and anxiety.

A series of images came about through a collaboration with photographer @novablooming in which she is also the model wearing the head piece that Chrys created out of an aspect of research she observed during an MRI. Chrys wished to illustrate these disruptions in perception while doing daily tasks.

Chrys will be exhibiting "Beneath the Surface" in a few weeks at the Melbourne Brain Centre (during the Biological Psychiatry Australia meeting 27-29 Oct) which aims to show how it looks like to live with a mental illness.

The Cognitive Neuroscience and Computational Psychiatry Lab is headed up by Dr Marta Garrido. If you would like to know more, please contact Marta.