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Art and Neuroscience (lecture)

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Some of the world's leading neuroscientists have made bold claims for a new science of the visual arts, called "neuroaesthetics." V.S. Ramachandran claims to have discovered in this new science "the key to understanding what art really is." And Semir Zeki, founder of the Institute of Neuroaesthetics, believes that the field has laid the foundations for understanding "the biological basis of aesthetic experience."

Are these claims true? If so, we are at the dawn of a new age in the study of art—one based on the scientific study of the brain.

In this lecture, philosopher John Hyman will define neuroaesthetics, explain its implications, and discuss the relationship between neuroscience, art history and philosophy.

About John Hyman
John Hyman is a fellow of Queen's College, Oxford, and was formerly chairman of the philosophy faculty in the University of Oxford. He was a residential scholar at the Getty Research Institute in 2001–2002. His new book, The Objective Eye: Colour, Form, and Reality in the Theory of Art, will be published in spring 2006.

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