Art and the Brain

Plasticity, Embodiment, and the Unclosed Circle


In her new book Art and the Brain: Plasticity, Embodiment and the Unclosed Circle, Amy Ione offers a profound assessment of our ever-evolving view of the biological brain as it pertains to embodied human experience. She deftly takes the reader from Deep History into our current worldview by surveying the range of nascent responses to perception, thoughts and feelings that have bred paradigmatic changes and led to contemporary research modalities. Interweaving carefully chosen illustrations with the emerging ideas of brain function that define various time periods reinforces a multidisciplinary framework connecting neurological research, theories of mind, art investigations, and intergenerational cultural practices.
The book will serve as a foundation for future investigations of neuroscience, art, and the humanities.

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Amy Ione is an artist, educator, international lecturer, and the Director of Berkeley-based Diatrope Institute. She has published many books and journal articles on her multidisciplinary research, including Innovation and Visualization: Trajectories, Strategies, and Myths (Rodopi, 2005).
Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Framing Art and the Brain
3. Ancient Foundations
4. The Brain Exposed and Printed
5. The Soul of the Empirical Brain: Thomas Willis and René Descartes
6. The Empirical Brain in Context
7. The Wondrous Book of the Human Brain in 3-Dimensions
8. Art, Anatomy, and the Hunter Brothers
9. Art and Anatomy: Critics and Hired Hands
10. Electricity Sparks the Imagination
11. The Promethean Human
12. Human Autonomy and Light
13. Human Physiognomy, Psychology, and Brain Functions
14. Technological Innovations and the Nervous System
15. The Possible, Improbable, and Realization of the Magical
16. Perception and Frames of Reference
Postscript: The Malleability of History
Historians of Science, Historians of Art, Cultural Historians, Visual Culture and Intellectual Historians, as well as Artists, Art and Science audiences, scholars in Media Studies, and all those interested in neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, neurology, cognitive sciences, philosophy, aesthetics, and neuroaesthetics.