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Ellen Esrock

Ellen Esrock researches the effect that our sense of touch, temperature, body position, and pain has on our perceptions of visual art and literature.

“My research explores how spectators and readers use their somatosensory/motor systems to create boundary changes that enhance their cognitive and affective experience of visual art and literature,” said Esrock. “To these ends I propose the concept of the ‘transomatization,’ which operates in parallel to the notion of the simulation, as formulated in philosophy and the cognitive sciences.  The models of bodily spectatorship and reading that I am developing draw upon current scientific research in emotion, perception, language processing, and motor theories, as well as rich traditions of phenomenology and cultural histories of bodily empathy and imagination.”