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2010 Spirit of Ceramics Vol 5 - Dick Hay
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Run time: 75 minutes

Dr. V.S. Ramachandran: “The Artful Brain: What Neurology Can Tell us About Human Nature and Art.”  This lecture was given as the Keynote address of the 38th annual NCECA conference meeting, March, 17, 2004, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In this fascinating keynote speech, Dr. Ramachandran discusses some of his more provocative neurological case studies, focusing particularly on a condition known as synesthesia, in which an individual interprets certain sounds as colors.  Explaining that this is not an uncommon condition, he reflected on its implications for art and artists.  As a passionate viewer and scholar of art and medicine, Dr. Ramachandran constructs humorously describes as his “Rules of Art”.  The art rules prove to be a remarkable analysis of how viewers respond to some of the essential aspects of visual design, from the prospective of genetically determined proclivity of basic neurological mechanics.

V.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain of Cognition of Professor with the Psychology Department and the Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute.  He trained as a physician and obtained an M.D. from Stanley Medical College and subsequently a Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge.  He is a trustee of the San Diego Museum of Art and has lectured widely on art, visual perception and the brain.  He has published over 120 papers in scientific journals, is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Human Behavior and author of the critically acclaimed book Phantoms in the Brain.