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Ru Ying Cai

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I'm a psychology researcher who is very curious about how emotions impact our psychological well-being. I have recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Visual Art course at the Victorian College of the Arts. I am interested in investigating the embodiment and expression of emotions through art. My art practice is informed by psychological, neurological, and physiological research findings. I am particularly curious about how trauma impacts the way we relate to our bodies and understand our emotions. As Dutch psychiatrist Dr Bessel van der Kolk stated, "knowing what we feel is the first step to knowing why we feel that way. If we are aware of the constant changes in our inner and outer environment, we can mobilize to manage them".