From Ghiberti’s development of perspective to Gombrich’s work on illusions in art, the science of perception and the arts have long been interconnected. Recent developments in neuroscience, and the emergence of ‘neuroaesthetics’ (or experimental aesthetics), are contributing new insights into our appreciation of works of art, and our aesthetic preferences. But they also raise fundamental questions. What makes us capable of aesthetic appreciation in the first place? Is there something specific in our neurological – and cognitive – endowment that makes the human brain an artful brain? Does the appearance of art in human prehistory mark the ‗emergence of the modern mind‘, as suggested in the recent Ice-Age Art exhibition at the British Museum? Does neuroaesthetics challenge us to look at art as a by-product of evolution – genetic or cultural?
Philosophers and cognitive neuroscientists will investigate these questions during the Artful Brain Conference.
9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00-11.30 Margaret Livingstone (Harvard)
What Art can tell us about the Brain
11.30-1.00 Marius Kwint (Portsmouth)
Brains as objects. Mind as Matter
1.00-2.00 Lunch break (own arrangements)
2.00-3.30 Mohan Matthen (Toronto)
Art and Perceptual Play
3.45-5.15 Corinne Jola (INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit)
The role of sensorimotor experiences in aesthetic appreciation
5.15-6.45 Greg Currie (York)
Bower birds, hominids and the art world
6.45 Drinks reception
A detailed programme and registration information is available here.
Date and time: 25 October 2013, 10:30 – 18:00
Venue: Room G22/26 (Ground Floor Senate House) Malet Street, London