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The neurobiology of aesthetic experiences and the significance of beauty

November 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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    The neurobiology of aesthetic experiences and the significance of beauty

Semir Zeki

University College London


The experience of beauty, whether derived from sensory sources such as visual art or music, or from highly cognitive ones such as mathematics, correlates with activity in the same part of the emotional brain, field A1 of medial orbito-frontal cortex (mOFC). This raises important questions about the role and uses of beauty not only in our daily experience but also in our efforts to understand the structure of the Universe in which our brains have evolved. The study of the neurobiology of beauty is perhaps one of the most powerful terrains for a dialogue between the humanities and the sciences.


Semir Zeki is Professor of Neuroesthetics at University College London, U.K. He specializes in studying the primate visual brain and the neural correlates of affective states, such as the experience of love, desire and beauty that are generated by sensory inputs. He has received the Golden Brain Award (1985), Award in Electronic Imaging (2002), King Faisal International Prize in Biology (2004), Erasmus Medal (Academia Europeae, 2008), Aristotle Gold Medal (2011) and Rome Prize (Atena Onlus, 2012). He has lectured widely across the world giving over 60 named lectures, published three books, and held an exhibition of his own artwork at the Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art in Milan in 2011.

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November 30, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Department of Psychology
Department of Biology


Dr. Reddy’s Auditorium
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