Art and Neuroscience
Some prominent neuroscientists have recently made ambitious claims about
their work on the visual arts, which they regard as initiating a new
scientific enterprise, called neuro-aesthetics¹. In particular, V.S.
Ramachandran says that he has discovered the key to understanding what art
really is¹; and Semir Zeki claims to have laid the foundations for
understanding the biological basis of aesthetic experience¹. In this
article I discuss the prospects for this new scientific field, focusing on
these two authors.
Date of publication: 9 January 2006