The psychology of visual art: eye, brain, and art

Mather, George (2013) The psychology of visual art: eye, brain, and art. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107005983, 9780521184793

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Abstract

What can art tell us about how the brain works? And what can the brain tell us about how we perceive and create art? Humans have created visual art throughout history and its significance has been an endless source of fascination and debate. Visual art is a product of the human brain, but is art so complex and sophisticated that brain function and evolution are not relevant to our understanding? This book explores the links between visual art and the brain by examining a broad range of issues including: the impact of eye and brain disorders on artistic output; the relevance of Darwinian principles to aesthetics; and the constraints imposed by brain processes on the perception of space, motion and colour in art. Arguments and theories are presented in an accessible manner and general principles are illustrated with specific art examples, helping students to apply their knowledge to new artworks.

Item Type:Book or Monograph
Keywords:Perception, visual art
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B140 Neuroscience
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:12922
Deposited By: George Mather
Deposited On:10 Jan 2014 14:59
Last Modified:06 Feb 2014 10:39

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