NSCI 318 Image, Imaging, and Imagining: The Brain and Visual Arts

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as INTR223, PSYC318
This course will study the intersections of neuroscience and art. The brain interprets the visual world and generates cognitive and emotional responses to what the eyes see. It is also responsible for creating mental images and then directing the artist's motor output. We will first examine the neural mechanisms of how we perceive what we see. We will investigate how visual artists have used or challenged perceptual cues in their work. Understanding how the brain perceives faces will be used to analyze portraiture. We will consider the influence of neurological and psychological disorders on artistic work. We will examine neuroimaging studies questioning whether the brains of visual artists are specialized differently from non-artists. Finally, we will explore how contemporary artists are using brain images in their artwork, and how "outsider" artists have portrayed brain syndromes and mental states. Students will create their own artwork in response to the course material, culminating in a class exhibit. The class will include field trips to local museums.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on a midterm, several presentations, and a final project
Additional Info: satisfies one semester of Division III requirement
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101, ARTH 101-102 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: for registration under INTR, Studio Art majors; for registration under PSYC or NSCI, Psychology majors and Neuroscience concentrators
Department Notes: meets NSCI Group B and PSYC Area 1 for the concentration or major only if registration is under NSCI or PSYC
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives,PSYC Area 1 - Behavioral Neuroscience
Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1590
NSCI 318 SEM The Brain & Visual Arts Division 3: Science and Mathematics Betty Zimmerberg
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