How Art Changes our Brain

The auditorium is predictably packed. Dozens of physicians, psychologist, and psychoanalysts sit on the floor in the aisles, and the entrance door cannot close completely with the bodies bulging out from it. Today’s presentation is entitled: “The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present.” Although the presenter, Nobel laureate Eric R. Kandel and most of the listeners are medical professionals, the topic of the presentation is not strictly medical. Rather, it is a lecture on art history. The speaker is a Columbia University professor, director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science, senior investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a researcher in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University. Although Kandel dedicated only 10 of his 60 allotted minutes to the topic of desire and its neurological networks, a Kandelian minute of knowledge takes five minutes to unpack and 1500 words to explain, hence this article.



About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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