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."