The Beautiful Brain is an independent blog focused on the dialogue between neuroscience, art, and other fields of inquiry. The three of us started posting here in 2009.

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NOAH HUTTON is a film director and curator. He has presented on art and neuroscience at the Impakt Festival, Venice Biennale, Sensoria Festival, The Rubin Museum of Art and elsewhere. Recently he was named a 2015 Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience and Art, and created Brain City, a multi-platform installation commissioned by NYC’s Times Square Arts Alliance. He is in the seventh year of work on his film Bluebrain, a 10-year documentary-in-the-making about the Human Brain Project which was featured in the 2016 exhibition “Building Worlds” at the Museum of Design in Zurich. Previously he directed the award-winning documentary features Deep Time (SXSW 2015) and Crude Independence (SXSW 2009).  Noah graduated from Wesleyan University, where he studied art history and neuroscience. http://noahhutton.com/

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.