Katinka van der Kooij
(1981) used to draw and write a lot at a very early age. She was only ten when she sent an illustrated story to Vrij Nederland, winning her a prize immediately. After the publication of various short stories in Hollands Maandblad her first anthology appeared in 2008 entitled Zonder uitgang (Without Exit). In the twelve stories in this volume she plays with the reader's perception by conjuring up a world through an imagery totally her own. Van der Kooij studied psychology when she was eighteen in order to penetrate the thinking of her characters better. During her study she got excited by the question how the brain translates the outer world into personal experiences. Right now she works as a Ph.D. student in Utrecht doing research on the influence of context on the perception of 3D-form.
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Two scientists on the question 'what is the function of our manipulative brain?' Psychologist Katinka van der Kooij investigates how our brain falsifies reality nonstop. In her recently published book of short stories Without Exit she gratefully uses man's imaginative and interpretative capacity. Evolutionary biologist Tijs Goldschmidt in his latest book Angels' Balls writes the story'Koko en Kafka', about manipulating reality in pseudo-scientific animal documentaries. Both writers werel reading from their work and busied themselves with the question if we can survive without manipulation.