What Art Can Tell Us About The Brain

Posted May 6th, 2013 under Featured, Science, Talks, Videos


Neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone explores why some Impressionist paintings shimmer, why some op art paintings seem to move, principles of Matisse’s use of color, and how the Impressionists painted “air”. She explores how artists have intuited important features about how our brains extract relevant information about faces and objects, and why learning disabilities may be associated with artistic talent.

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40/40 Vision Lecture: Neurology and the Passion for Art


Why is it that great works of art seem to have a universal appeal, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries? V.S. Ramachandran, director of UCSD’s Center for Brain and Cognition has studied how the brain perceives works of art and thinks he may know the answer to this intriguing question. Series: “40/40 Vision Lectures (UCSD Faculty Lecture Series)” [11/2000]

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