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Post-Contingent Coherence

Miguel Ángel Rego

(ES 2016, 5 min)


A pianist performing Nocturne Op.55, No. 1 in F Minor by Frédéric Chopin suffers from anosognosia: the negation of other kind of pathologies that the patient has like left side paralysis. Both manifestations can be produced by a stroke in the right side of the brain. Contemporary cognitive sciences and neurosciences may be the best way to understand certain common patterns in human behavior through rare pathologies like this one. Any person can be considered as anosognosic in a certain degree, in the way in which we deny specific parts of our reality to face it. Post-Contingent Coherence emphasises the coherency that the vestibular system provokes in human behaviour processes.

In this video, through images and sound, we can see different realities happening at once. The first person (when the pianist plays perfectly) and third person (when she moves her left hand with his right hand due to the relation between anosognosia and other rare neuropathology called somatoparaphrenia) perspectives are underscored to explore the self-model notion coined by Thomas Metzinger in regards to confabulations derived from the lack of feedback from the paralyzed left side of the body when suffering from anosognosia.


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