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Mind the Brain Podcast Episode 01 – The Neuroscience of Art, Beauty, and Aesthetics

 
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Mind the Brain Podcast Episode 01 – The Neuroscience of Art, Beauty, and Aesthetics
The term “aesthetics” means different things to different people, and from a neuroscience perspective it can involve sensory perception, emotional processing, attention, decision-making, and reward. We discuss how philosophers and neuroscientists have attempted to define this concept, and what we currently do and do not know about the neural basis for experiencing beauty. We then dive into a neuroscientific analysis of artwork, and whether we can glean any universal principles of aesthetics from such an approach. Finally, we discuss some fascinating case studies of how specific brain diseases or lesions can actually enhance art production, and what this might mean for how we perceive and experience beauty.

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Re: Mind the Brain Podcast Episode 01 – The Neuroscience of Art, Beauty, and Aesthetics
Mind the Brain Podcast Episode 02: The Neuroscience of Music – Anticipation and Reward

In this podcast, we discuss another major focus of this lab, which is the relationship between music, emotion, and reward. We start by discussing why neuroscientists like to study music, and what makes it unique in terms of its perceptual and emotional qualities. We then dive into some of the work Robert’s lab has been doing over the past ten years, in terms of the effects that music has on the reward systems in our brain. His lab has shown that not only can music evoke strong emotional pleasure, but that when it does, its effects in the brain are very similar to rewarding stimuli like food, sex, and drugs of abuse.

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