The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain
By (author) Robert L. Solso
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Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain by Robert L. Solso
Book DescriptionHow did the human brain evolve so that consciousness of art could develop? In The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain, Robert Solso describes how a consciousness that evolved for other purposes perceives and creates art. Drawing on his earlier book Cognition and the Visual Arts and ten years of new findings in cognitive research (as well as new ideas in anthropology and art history), Solso shows that consciousness developed gradually, with distinct components that evolved over time. One of these components is an adaptive consciousness that includes the ability to imagine objects that are not present -- an ability that allows us to create (and perceive) visual art. Solso describes the neurological, perceptual, and cognitive sequence that occurs when we view art, and the often inexpressible effect that a work of art has on us. He shows that there are two aspects to viewing art: nativistic perception -- the synchronicity of eye and brain that transforms electromagnetic energy into neuro-chemical codes -- which is "hard-wired" into the sensory-cognitive system; and directed perception, which incorporates personal history and knowledge -- the entire set of our expectations and past experiences. Both forms of perception are part of the appreciation of art, and both are products of the evolution of the conscious brain over hundreds of thousands of years. Solso also investigates the related issues of neurological and artistic perception of the human face, the effects of visual illusions, and the use of perspective. The many works of art used as examples are drawn from a wide range of artistic traditions, from ancient Egypt to Africa and India and the European Renaissance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262693325
(229mm x 178mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert L. Solso
Mind and Brain Sciences in the 21st Century, Paperback (March 1999)
In these essays, many of those who have helped shape the fields of neurocognition, cognitive science and psychology, offer thoughts on the past and future of the science of mind. The essays touch on philosophical, social and scientific implications, as well as the whimsical and science fiction.
Cognition and the Visual Arts, Paperback (September 1996)» View all books by Robert L. Solso
In this first systematic study of the connection between the new cognitive psychology and its importance to art, Solso reflects on the long relationship between humankind and art, observing that "mind and art are one."
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Author Biography - Robert L. Solso
Robert L. Solso is Professor and Head of the Cognitive Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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