PODCAST: The Neuropsychology of Art

January Podcast

In the second edition of The Beautiful Brain Podcast we examine the relationship between painting and mental illness and injury through interviews with Dr. Anjan Chatterjee of the University of Pennsylvania and internationally celebrated artist Katherine Sherwood, who suffered a massive stroke in 1997 but continued to paint following the stroke, switching to her left hand. We’re also excited to present an online gallery here at The Beautiful Brain featuring some of Katherine Sherwood’s paintings, which incorporate scientific imagery of her own brain, and some of her more recent works inspired by the drawings of the great Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal. Dr. Chatterjee is a leading researcher on the neuropsychology of art, examining the effects of mental illness and injury on art and using the art itself to form hypotheses about what happens in the brain during the creative process. Those interviews, the news, and a report on a recent synesthesia symposium in New York City all on this edition of The Beautiful Brain Podcast, hosted by Noah Hutton. Total runtime: 34’30


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Noah Hutton

Noah Hutton is a film director and curator, and was named a 2015 Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience and Art.

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  • Noah: Your question at the end, about the tendency of some of the art/nuero folks to extrapolate too much from the brain scans, was well-phrased and incisive. This area of study seems so new (and promising) that it’s easy for well-meaning scholars to find some sort of vague corresponding point between the art and the fMRI scans and assume conclusively that there is a direct, clean-cut, causal relationship between the two.
    Also, I thought that the editing in this podcast edition was excellent. It had a good story flow to it.

  • Enjoyed listening to the podcast. Itunes was a great idea, I can listen in the car and come here to comment. My mother has short term memory loss, but while she paints, she seems more lucent. Connection?

  • I blog quite often and I truly thank you for your content.
    The article has truly peaked my interest. I will take a note of your blog and keep checking
    for new details about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

  • I have a grand-daughter with selective mutism who is 16. Her greatest strength is her artwork. It is primitive often and very geometric, color combinations are stunning. Very interesting podcast for someone in the field of counseling and treating trauma.

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