The Arts and the Brain What Does Your Brain See? What Does Your Brain Hear?

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The Arts and the Brain What Does Your Brain See? What Does Your Brain Hear?

October 24, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm




About the Program


When you listen to music or look at a painting, your brain is busy. Recent advances in neuroimaging allow a more sophisticated understanding of the brain processes underlying sound and vision. Speakers will address the neurobiology of how we respond to music, and how the brain processes form, symmetry, color and stereoscopic depth perception. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit a special exhibit in the AAAS art gallery and to listen to a musical performance during the reception.


Welcome:         Alan I. Leshner

Chief Executive Officer, AAAS and Executive Publisher, Science


Presenters:       Nina Kraus, Ph.D.

Director, Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, Northwestern University


Christopher Tyler, Ph.D.

Director, Smith-Kettlewell Brain Imaging Center,

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco


Gary Vikan, Ph.D.

Former Director, Walters Art Museum


About the Art Exhibit


Why do we find some works of art so appealing? The exhibition Beauty and the Brain Revealed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science builds on a 2010 collaboration between the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University and the Walters Art Museum to examine how the brain perceives abstract sculpture. The original project was initiated and funded by the Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute. Gallery visitors will wear 3-D glasses to explore digitally morphed versions of sculpture and learn how 3-D shape characteristics relate to aesthetic preferences. Through January 3, 2014.


Cellist:  Vasily Popov, Levine School of Music


Reception to Follow 



October 24, 2013
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


AAAS Auditorium
1200 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC, 20005
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