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