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A wonderful summary of art, psychology and neuroscience,
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This review is from: The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present (Hardcover)
First, I must state my long abiding interest in psychology, fine art and more recently, neuroscience. I have also read [[ASIN:0393329372 Kandel's 'In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind']] which is more technical. But this beautifully bound and lavishly illustrated hardback, with colour reproductions of art works is such a joy to read. It is not too technical and the biological explanations should be easily understood. Kandel uses changes in knowledge of visual perception exemplified in Art to explain the workings of the brain and the different types of cortical processes used to make meaning from input from the senses. He compares the work of Freud and other Viennese scientists of the period and how their work has laid foundations for some of the recent advances in neuroscience and man's improved understanding of himself. The book itself is a work of art and I cannot recommend it too highly.