2004 Conference on Neuroesthetics


Emotions in Art and the Brain

This year's conference shed light on the role of emotions in the creation and consumption of art, both of the artist and the beholder.


Rosa-Aurora Chávez,
Doctor, National Institute of Psychiatry, Ramón de la Fuente, México City
"On the Neurobiology of Creativity and Emotion"

Dennis M. Dake
Professor, Department of Art and Design, Iowa State University
"Emotion, Transformation Through Art and Neurological Coincidence"

Ray Dolan
Professor, The Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London
"The Brain, Emotion and Aesthetic Judgements"

Dan Fessler
Professor  Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles.
"Steps Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of Emotion"

David Freedberg
Professor, Department of Art History and Italian Institute, Columbia University.
"Art, Emotion and the Brain: The Historical Dimension"

William Seeley
Guest Fellow and Lecturer  College Seminar Program, Yale University
"Naturalizing Aesthetics: the Neurophysiology of Aesthetic Experience"

Arthur P. Shimamura
Professor Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Embodied Aesthetics: A Neurophysical Perspective

Robert Steinberg
former Sr. Scientist at John Glenn Research Center, NASA  freelance Artist and Scientist, Boulder, Colorado
"Patterns that Connect – the Self-Organizing Landscape and the Brain"

Anna Winestein
School of Visual Arts and Department of Art History, Boston University
"The Techniques of Emotion"

Semir Zeki
Professor  Department of Neurobiology, University College, London
"The Neural Correlates of Love and Beauty"