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Animated Objects in Make-Believe

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X-Phi Aesthetics Workshop Series

Thursday, 15 May 2014, 1:30pm

An especially curious subset of prop-oriented make-believe involves animating, or pretending to give agency to, objects in service of narratives. We see this with children who play with their dolls. We also see this with storytellers who tell tales with their puppets. This workshop brings together a psychologist and a philosopher to discuss the experience and perception of animated objects in make-believe.

James R. Hamilton (philosophy, Kansas State University)
Louise Bunce (psychology, Oxford Brookes University)
Brian Fiala (philosophy-neuroscience-psychology, Washington University in St. Louis)

Leeds Humanities Research Institute
29-31 Clarendon Place
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT

The workshop is free and open to all. Please register at http://goo.gl/tqrCUN .

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Workshop: Animated Objects in Make-Believe