Many of us have an emotional—almost physical–response to things that we consider beautiful. This can be true of a piece of art or a compelling vista. Why is this so? Neuroscientists are beginning to offer answers, through the use of modern technology, and the study of what is being called “neuroaesthetics.” Today we speak with Professor William Seeley of Bates College, and Jane Bianco, associate curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum, as they help us understand the relationship between beauty and the brain.
Beauty & the Brain #202
William Seeley is currently a lecturer in philosophy at Bates College. His research interests lie at the interaction of neuroaesthetics, cognitive science, embodied cognition, and philosophy of art. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy with a concentration in cognitive science from the graduate center of the city University of New York, an MFA in sculpture from Columbia University, and a BA in philosophy from Columbia University as well.
Jane Bianco is the associate curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum.