Thursday, November 30, 2017

Brains on Art (Dance)

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Biological Evolution
Art and Environment
Edward Hessler

I intended to post this a while back when I first found it.

I was reminded of that intention when I noticed it recently on another blog (Diane Ravitch). Neuroscientists are exploring everything these days including art.

"Some of the answers to art's mysteries can be found in the realm of science. Art is considered the domain of the heart, but its transporting effects start in the brain, where intricate systems perceive and interpret it with dazzling speed. Using brain-imaging and other tools of neuroscience, the new field of neuroaestheticsis is probing the relationship between art and the brain."

The article by Sarah L. Kaufman, Dani Player, Jayne Ornstein, May-Ying Lam, Elizabeth Hart and Shelly Tan is from The Washington Post. It is embedded in an interactive video with the discussion occurring next to the images.

Scroll and turn up the sound. It is dazzling, the article, the music, the dancing, and, of course, the brain that makes all this possible.

The music is "Swan Lake" by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky with dancers Sara Mearns as Odette/Odile and Jared Angle as Prince Siegfried.

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