What happens to your brain when you look at art? A public symposium titled The Science of the Arts: Perceptual Neuroscience and Aesthetics hosted by the Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute on October 20 and 21 aims to find out.
The Johns Hopkins University Gazette writes that “Humans have an innate capacity to be moved by images, forms, sounds and movements. For centuries, philosophers have speculated about the links between perception, beauty, creativity and pleasure. In recent years, scientists have learned a great deal about sensory systems and human response to the visual world, three-dimensional space, sound, touch, taste and smell.”
The symposium will gather scientists and artists (renowned brain researchers, artists, educators, historians, architects, choreographers, composers and curators) to share information and ask questions about how the brain “processes, responds to and creates art.” Jon Hamilton, NPR arts and science correspondent, will serve as moderator for the symposium’s six collaborative conversations.
Any solid proof of the link between looking at art and positive brain development is a great argument for the arts – and arts funding. Good luck, symposium!