Turning the Mind Inside Out Lecture Series: Thought at the Intersection of Art, Philosophy and Neuroscience


Intertwining art, philosophy and neuroscience, this lecture series features three key representatives of different areas of study who examine the complexity of the embodied mind and the role of aesthetics in knowledge production. Each of them invites us to consider how art elicits not only astounding sensory experiences, but also fascinating inquiries into how we perceive, think, and act.

Jose Luis (Pepe) Contreras Vidal, Professor of Neural Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston, Will present Your Brain on Art: The Neuroscience and Aesthetics of Creativity, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 20, Room 451, Miller Nichols Learning Center, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.

One of the greatest challenges in neuroscience is understanding how the brain operates in action and in context. This lecture looks at how mobile brain-body imaging devices are used to study the complex dynamics of neural processes involved in aesthetic experience.

Vidal conducts research on the design of brain machine interfaces and the neural basis of aesthetic experience and creativity. His interests include rehabilitation robotics, reverse engineering the brain, neuroprosthetics and exoskeletons, regulatory science of biomedical devices and Big Neuro Data. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He has collaborated with the Menil Collection and the Blaffer Art Museum on recording and analyzing the neural responses of exhibition visitors in order to determine areas of brain activation during interaction with art.

More information about his work can be found online.

The lecture is part of the UMKC Dept. of Art & Art History’s Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, with support provided by the Bernardin Haskell Fund & the University of Missouri Research Board. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Cristina Albu  or Dr. Adrian Switzer .

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