Researchers

Camila Valenzuela-Moguillansky

I studied biology at the University of Chile, I did a master in cognitive science at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and I obtained a PhD in Cognitive Science at the University Pièrre et Marie Curie in Paris (2012). During my master and PhD in Paris, I especialized in a interview technique of phenomenological inspiration, “L’entretien d’explicitation”, developed to incorporte the experiential dimension of cognitive phenomena in their scientific study. Then, I did a postdoc at the Institute of Complex Systems of Valparaiso with the project “Pain and body awareness: an investigation into bodily experience of fibromyalgia patients”. I also obtained an OCR diploma in circus skills and physical theater at Circomedia in Bristol, and I studied Corporeal mime at the Ecole du mime corporel dramatique in London. From 2002 until 2007 I worked as a performer in numerous site-specific work with the artist Isabel Rocamora. I began to practice Ashtanga yoga in 2000 and I teach it since 2007.

María Isabel Gaete Azócar

PhD in Psychotherapy from the Universities of Chile and Heidelberg developed her thesis in body phenomenology with the close collaboration of Prof. Dr. Thomas Fuchs, Head of the Department of Psychopathology and Phenomenological Psychotherapy at the University of Heidelberg. Specifically, his thesis focused on the study of emotional body experience and psychopathology (depressive and eating symptoms).

Alejandra Vásquez-Rosati

Biologist, magister in neurosciences and PhD in Psychology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In his doctoral thesis he studies the relationship of emotional states, executive functions and body movement. For this, he has used the micro-phenomenological interview as a tool to explore subjective experience. She was trained in this technique by Camila Valenzuela and since then she has participated actively in the practice and supervision sessions. In addition, Alejandra was trained and then worked on the Method of CognitiveCorporal Integration (MICC) (www.cognitivocorporal.cl) created by biologist Carmen Cordero from her doctoral thesis guided by Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela. From a biological perspective, the MICC integrates the body as a fundamental dimension of human behavior and experience, identifying its relationship with people’s way of moving and reflecting. The MICC works with physical, attentional and reflexive practices. Within the physical practices are the exercises designed to induce the four basic emotions: fear, grief, anger and joy.

Arts and Science in the Study of Experience