ERIC Number: EJ928432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
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Reference Count: 13
The Neuroscience of Art: A Research Program for the Next Decade?
Changeux, Jean Pierre
Mind, Brain, and Education, v5 n1 p3-4 Mar 2011
Works of art can be viewed as elements of a human-specific nonverbal communication system, distinct from language. First, the cognitive abilities and skills required for art creation and perception are built from a cascade of events driven by a "genetic envelope". Essential for the understanding of artistic creation is its epigenetic variability. Second, artistic contemplation and creation may be tentatively viewed as a discrete and singular conscious synthesis taking place within the personal global neuronal workspace of external perceptions, internal memories and stored emotions. Third, there is a need for rules that constrain and restrict in a top-down manner the selection of representations generated by the artist's brain. Finally, artistic creation is a part of the personal history of the artist and stems from an anterior historical evolution.
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Art Education, Artists, Art, Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Science, Research Needs, Genetics, Art Expression, Cognitive Processes
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