December 17, 2017

Toronto psychologist studies how the brain responds to beauty

“Dr. Vartanian is at the forefront of the burgeoning field of neuroaesthetics, which seeks to apply the rigour of neuroscience to understanding artistic disciplines such as visual arts, dance, music, architecture and design – and to learn more about how the brain processes beauty. Over the past decade, researchers have shed light both on what parts of the brain are involved when we create art (for instance, what areas light up when a jazz musician is improvising), and which parts are active when we are moved by music or a painting.”