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Picturing Motion In Photography--When Time Stands Still

July 11th, 2016

Picturing Motion In Photography--When Time Stands Still

Article in Art21 Magazine on how artists and photographers depict movement (http://blog.art21.org/2016/01/04/picturing-motion-in-photography-when-time-stands-still/#.V4RQYmMgs6A)

Psychologists As Artists

July 3rd, 2014

Psychologists As Artists

Art Shimamura, PhD, is fascinated by photography's ability to make the ordinary into something new.

How We Perceive Art

May 28th, 2014

How We Perceive Art

How we Perceive Art: BBC World Forum

Why can some artworks leave us awestruck? While others leave us cold? And how far is art determined by cultural bias? Bridget Kendall asks novelist Okey Ndibe, cultural sociologist Tiffany Jenkins, and cognitive neuroscientist Arthur Shimamura to try and pinpoint what happens when we perceive art.

The Best Science Books Of 2013

December 22nd, 2013

The Best Science Books Of 2013

New Scientist places Art Shimamura's "Experiencing Art: In the Brain of the Beholder" among the best science books of 2013!

Experiencing Art In The Brain Of The Beholder

October 2nd, 2013

Experiencing Art In The Brain Of The Beholder

Oxford University Press announces Art Shimamura's new book, "Experiencing Art: In the Brain of the Beholder."

How do we appreciate a work of art? Why do we like some artworks but not others? Is there no accounting for taste? Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to
explore connections between art, mind, and brain, Shimamura considers how we experience art. In a thoughtful and entertaining manner, the book explores
how the brain interprets art by engaging our sensations, thoughts, and emotions. It describes interesting findings from psychological and brain sciences as a way to understand our aesthetic response to art.

"Shimamura has written the ideal introduction to what science can say
about artworks, from prehistoric carvings to the latest video projections. It's
readable, smart and informed. Better yet, it's a scientist's take that doesn't
neglect the humanities: Shimamura cares about which neurons fire, but
also about what Plato thought."
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