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The Beautiful Brain is an independent blog focused on the dialogue between neuroscience and art. We started posting here in 2009. Most of our content explores questions of perception and creation that involve the mind of the artist as well as the mind of the observer, questions which modern neuroscience is beginning to address (gradually and responsibly, of course!). Instances where art seeks to answer questions of a traditionally scientific nature are also of great interest, and for that reason you will hear from artists as well as scientists at The Beautiful Brain. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


NOAH HUTTON is a film director and curator. Recently he has curated Subjective Resonance Imaging at the 2013 Human Brain Mapping Conference, was a featured speaker at the 2013 Association of Neuroaesthetics Symposium at the Venice Biennale, curated the 2014 Impakt Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands, and was named a 2015 Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience and Art. Noah graduated from Wesleyan University, where he studied art history and neuroscience.

BEN EHRLICH is a writer who is working on a project about the life and work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, “the father of modern neuroscience.” His translations have appeared in New England Review and Nautilus. His book The Dreams of Santiago Ramón y Cajal will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Ben is a 2015 Salzburg Global Seminar fellow. He graduated from Middlebury College with highest honors in Literary Studies.

SAMUEL D. MCDOUGLE  Sam is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University, studying the human motor system under Dr. Jordan Taylor. Sam holds a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from Vassar College, where he focused his studies on cognitive neuroscience and psychology while dabbling in philosophy. He previously worked as a researcher in Dr. Javier Medina’s lab at UPenn investigating the neural basis of motor learning– specifically learned reflex timing– using tools from neuropsychology, in vivo neurophysiology and computational neuroscience. He has written about science for Vice and The Atlantic.