Interdisciplinary and collaborative research project (neuroscience and design) that unravels mind's resting state.
Default is an ongoing interdisciplinary research project funded by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. It concentrates on novel findings in neuroscience, particularly the discovery of the Default Mode Network (DMN), a complex neural network that activates when the brain is not performing a task. Every time the mind wanders and an inner conversation takes place, a series of brain regions work together to achieve some very important mental processes. These regions conform the DMN, and its study has become critical for understanding how consciousness operates.
I have been part of a diverse team participating in different stages of the project listed below:
Default Stories: an interactive web experience
Design and production (undergrad thesis)
With the intention to introduce this novel scientific finding to a non-expert audience, we designed and implemented Default Stories: a work in progress of an interactive and immersive experience on the web. Using features of web interactive documentaries (i-docs), it presents the main characteristics and relevance of the DMN in a language that can be understood by almost anyone. This website was published and available online for a month, where navigation data was collected and analyzed with focus in the interaction between users and the interface.
Read Dissertation (spanish only)
Understanding People’s Interaction with Neural Sci-Art
Published paper in IEEE VIS 2017 Proceedings October 2017 – Phoenix, Arizona.
Default Stories presentation and findings on how the audience perceives and understands the presented subject.
Default: an interactive and immersive installation
Research Assistant and producer
Museum of Contemporary Art (Santiago, Chile) 7th September – 12th November 2017
"Mind wandering is an event that seems so natural but so surprising and enigmatic when you pay attention to it. The poetics underlying this phenomenon is addressed in DEFAULT by Manuela Garretón -designer- and Tomás Ossandón -cognitive neuroscientist- and a diverse collaboration team. The result is an interactive installation that explores the dynamics of consciousness and memory by visualizing fMRI data. In this way, Sala Anilla in the Museum of Contemporary Art (Santiago, Chile) transforms into a brain which instead of showing its response to external stimuli, it focuses on that deceptive pleasure responsible for the greater mind lucidity."
– Alessandra Buroto, Anilla MAC Curator
DEFAULT. Design and Neuroscience: Interactive Work on Brain Activity at Rest
Published Article Revista Diseña (issue nº 12)