PerspectiveNeuroscience

Is Art Lawful?

Science  30 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5428, pp. 673-674
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5428.673

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Summary

There have been few attempts to explain the neural mechanisms underlying the artistic experience. In a recent issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies entirely devoted to addressing how the brain responds to art, Ramachandran and Hirstein put forward a theory of artistic experience comprising eight neural principles derived from evolutionary biology. In a lively Perspective, Christopher Tyler analyzes the eight principles and how they can be applied throughout the history of art.