The Artistic Brain: A Neuroaesthetics Approach to Health, Well-being, and Learning

  • Published23 Mar 2020
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

The human brain is uniquely wired for art. Whether we behold or create, the arts change our brains. They can make us happier, healthier, and smarter. This webinar dives into neuroaesthetics, an emerging field that explores how the brain responds to art. Susan Magsamen, founder and executive director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, discusses how neuroaesthetics, situated at the intersection of the brain sciences and the arts, can help amplify human potential.

This webinar originally aired on March 19, 2020.


Susan Magsamen

Founder and Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Susan Magsamen is the founder and executive director of the International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab), a pioneering neuroaesthetics initiative from the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her body of work lies at the intersection of brain sciences and the arts — and how our unique response to aesthetic experiences can amplify human potential. Magsamen is the author of the Impact Thinking model, an evidence-based research approach to accelerate how we use the arts to solve problems in health, well-being, and learning. In addition to her role at IAM Lab, she also serves as senior advisor to the Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University. 


Kelley Remole, PhD

Senior Director of Programs, Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute

Kelley Remole is the Senior Director of Programs at Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute where she works at the interface between institute strategy and program execution to create a vibrant scientific and academic environment. She received her PhD in neuroscience from Columbia University, after which time she started doing neuroscience education and outreach work full-time. She is a past president of the New York City chapter of the Society for Neuroscience where she established BraiNY, the city-wide celebration of Brain Awareness Week that continues to reach thousands of people annually.



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