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The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art Reprint Edition
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"Chatterjee is a neuroscientist, so readers might expect a mechanistic treatise on beauty constructed from PET scans and clinical trials. But he offers no simple marriage of roses and neurons. To begin filling in the blanks left by neuroscience, he draws from anthropology, evolutionary biology, philosophy, and personal anecdotes. As Chatterjee reminds us, insight is the goal of science and art. His work succeeds by combining both toward a greater appreciation of the human experience."
--Bryan Bello, Science News
"Overall, The Aesthetic Brain offers an intriguing overview of the neural and historical underpinnings of beauty and art."
"[Chatterjee] makes a compelling case that although art and beauty may seem nonessential, they epitomize our search for pleasure and meaning in life."
--Scientific American Mind
"[Chatterjee] succinctly outlines the areas of the brain that are active in appreciating facial and body attractiveness and the implications for the evolution of our species. He makes the case for those aspects of liking and walking that relate to art and beauty. In his cogent review of the long history of human artifact-making art, he carefully considers the many definitions of aesthetics, art, and beauty. He examines all the major definitions of these and considers how many of them are found wanting in the wide world of art as it is currently comprised."
--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
About the Author
Anjan Chatterjee, M.D., is Professor of Neurology, and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the editorial boards of Empirical Studies of the Arts; Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology; Behavioural Neurology; Neuropsychology; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; European Neurology; The Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society; American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience; Brain Science; and Policy Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology. In 2002, he was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology. He is President of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics and President of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology Society. His neurology practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders while his research involves spatial cognition, language, ethics, and aesthetics. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and is the coeditor of Neuroethics in Practice: Medicine, Mind, and Society.
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- David Kemmerer
It confirms the value of music and art in our schools--just as they're being eliminated!
It's a fascinating read for anyone, but I especially recommend it to those teaching children.