Art and the Brain

Jonah Lehr­er, a neur­os­cient­ist and writer I’ve men­tioned many times, has a won­der­ful art­icle in Psy­cho­logy Today that looks at the field of neuroaes­thet­ics and how the brain inter­prets art.

All the adject­ives we use to describe art-vague words like “beauty” and “elegance”-should, in the­ory, have neur­al cor­rel­ates. Accord­ing to these sci­ent­ists, there is noth­ing inher­ently mys­ter­i­ous about art. Its visu­al tricks can be decoded. Neuroaes­thet­i­cians hope to reveal “the uni­ver­sal laws” of paint­ing and sculp­ture, to find the under­ly­ing prin­ciples shared by every great work of visu­al art.

In the art­icle Lehr­er pro­poses The 10 Great Prin­ciples of Great Art and in the accom­pa­ny­ing inter­view he chal­lenges the sup­pos­i­tion that neuroaes­thet­ics will “unweave the rain­bow” of great art.

    Related: Dr Shock takes a brief look at the rela­tion­ship between archi­tec­ture and neur­os­cience.

    via Mind Hacks