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Margaret R. Tarampi


Margaret R. Tarampi
Poor Yorick Studios – D10

About Margaret
Margaret Tarampi is a psychology PhD graduate student in Cognitive Neural Science at the University of Utah. Her research investigates the cognitive mechanisms that underlie spatial perception and cognition in special populations including individuals with vision impairments, and spatial experts such as dancers and architects.

Prior to attending the University of Utah, Margaret was already developing a unique background that was truly interdisciplinary. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Architecture and minors in Psychology and Architectural History. Her interests in the effect of architecture on quality of life issues brought her to the American Institute of Architects in Washington DC and then to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla CA.

Margaret’s art and design work has been displayed in exhibitions in Pittsburgh PA, Washington DC, Athens GA, Calgary Canada, La Jolla CA, Salt Lake City UT, and Park City UT. Her current art work is influenced by her psychological research. Margaret believes that perception, broadly defined, is the construction of a representation of the external world, for purposes of thinking about it and acting in it. Representation, as it manifests both perceptually and physically, can reveal and highlight unique knowledge about our experience. The beauty of our perceptual and physically representations is that they provide new insights into our everyday experiences.

About We are Salt Lake
The Gestalt psychologists put forth theories about how we organize the world perceptually. These principles of object grouping have been manipulated to create a tension between viewing the whole and its parts. Viewing from straight on, the parts are highlighted. But when viewed from an angle, the whole image comes into perceptual focus. This is also called an anamorphic image, meaning that it is meant to be viewed from a specific vantage point.

We are Salt Lake is about our collective humanity as a community of diverse individuals in Salt Lake. While we are all united by our Salt Lake identities, we each hold a unique personal story and history.

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