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The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation? 21 Feb - 26 Feb, 2015
IMAGINATIONThe Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation?21 Feb - 26 Feb, 2015

    Abstract

    In recent years, there have been an increasing number of scientific investigations into art, exploring what actually happens in the brain during the creative process. Most of these collaborations have been based in neuroscience and psychological approaches to how art is perceived, produced and created, with music the main focus of studies carried out to date. These studies have yielded important new information that relates to a very basic fact of human biology: all behavior, even that as complex as creativity, can be linked to brain function. Building on this fundamental linkage, the neurobiology of art promises to yield exciting new insights as this research field evolves. Creative behavioral patterns are likely to be a critical component for developing the neurological capacity for innovation.

    This Salzburg Global program represents a pioneering step to establish a neutral international forum to discuss state-of-the-art findings from a cross-disciplinary perspective, prioritize future research, and expand creative opportunities for learning, innovation and collaboration. While much research is taking place in various national and regional settings, more global dialogue is needed between specialist silos in order to catalyze knowledge exchange around the results, implications and potential practical applications of new cutting-edge research. 

    Post Session Fellow Collaborations

    A year after the program took place in Salzburg, Session Fellow Harry Ballan helped collect all collaborations that emerged as a direct result of the Session and of the connections made between artists and neuroscientists in Schloss Leopoldskron. 

    A list of both completed and in-progress collaborations can be found here:

    List of Fellow Collaborations - collected by Harry Ballan

    Co-Chairs

    CO-CHAIRS
    Charles Limb
    Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Peabody Conservatory of Music and School of Education, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    CO-CHAIRS
    Gary Vikan
    former Director, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

    Session Participants

    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Anna Abraham
    Reader in Psychology, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Bruce Adolphe
    Resident Lecturer & Director of Family Concerts, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Composer-in-Residence, The Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Piano Puzzler on Performance Today, American
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Clayton Aldern
    M.P.P. Candidate, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Harry Ballan
    Partner, Davis Polk & Wardell LLP; Director, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, New York, New York, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Mathias Benedek
    Professor, Institute for Psychology, University of Graz, Austria
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Mark Boulos
    Artist and Filmmaker, Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Geneva, Switzerland
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Pieter Broucke
    Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts; Professorr of History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury college; Associate Curator of Ancient Art, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Suzanne Burgoyne
    Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of Theatre, Department of Theatre, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Julie Burstein
    Author of "Spark: How Creativity Works" and host of Spark Talks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    María Fernanda Cardoso
    Artist, Sydney, Australia
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Lydia Courtney
    Educator & Researcher, LC Voice Studios, Marriottsville Maryland, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Ian Cross
    Professor of Music & Science, Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Jennifer Crouch
    Artist in Residence, University College London Center for Advance Biomedical Imaging, London, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Arne Dietrich
    Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, Beirut
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Benjamin Ehrlich
    Writer, The Beautiful Brain, New York, New York, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Benjamin Folds
    Singer-Songwriter, Los Angeles, California, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Steven Fowler
    Poet & Artist, London, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Sunil Gandhi
    Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Daniel Glaser
    Director, Science Gallery, King's College, London, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Usha Goswami
    Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience; Director, Centre for Neuroscience in Education, and Fellow, St. John's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Mariale Hardiman
    Vice Dean, Academic Affairs; Professor of Education; Director, Neuro-Education Initiative, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Noah Hutton
    Filmmaker, New York, New York, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Kevin Kallaugher
    Editorial Cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London and The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Rebecca Kamen
    Artist / Professor Emeritus, Northern Virginia Community College, McLean, Virginia, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Richard Kemp
    Author of Embodied Acting: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Performance; Professor, Head of Acting and Directing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Kai Klepzig
    Ph.D. Student, Department of Neuroradiology, Institute for Psychology, University of Greifswald, Germany
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Ariane Koek
    Leader of International Arts, Arts@CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Joan Koenig
    Director, L'Ecole Koenig, Paris, France
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Patricia Leavy
    Author, Sociologist and Arts-Based Researcher, Kennebunk, Maine, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Felicia Lercari
    Director, Music and the Brain. The 42nd Street Fund/ 42nd Street Development Corporation, New York, New Yor, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Soo-Siang Lim
    Director, Science of Learning Centers Program, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Siyuan Liu
    Scientist, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Manuela Macedonia
    Neurolinguist, Institute for Information Engineering, University of Linz, Austria & Max Planck Institute for Human Brain Sciences Leipzig, Germany
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Diego Malpede
    Diego Malpede, Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, Buenos Aires
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Malinda McPherson
    M.Phil. Candidate, Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Maira Monteiro Froes
    Associate Professor and Research Director, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    James Murray-White
    Filmmaker, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Nicola Neumann
    Research Associate, Institute of Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology, University of Greifswald, Germany
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Michael Oellinger
    Research Scientist, Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking, Pullach im Isartal, Germany
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Nigel Osborne
    Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Edinburgh; Co- Chair of the World Economic Forum on Culture, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Daria Parkhomenko
    Founding Director/Curator, Laboratoria Art&Science Space, Moscow, Russia
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Mike Pope
    Bassist & Composer, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Sophie Scott
    Deputy Director, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, London, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Paul Sowden
    Reader and Director of ILLUME: The Faculty Centre for Creativity Research, University of Surrey, Surrey, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Wendy Sternberg
    Physician in Internal Medicine; Founder and Executive Director, Genesis at the Crossroads, Chicago, Illinois, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Aryeh Stollman
    Writer & Assistant Clinical Professor Radiology, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Pireeni Sundaralingam
    Poet, Cognitive Scientist and Playwright; Associate Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Shodekeh Talifero
    Beatboxer & Vocal Percussionist, Balitmore, Maryland, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Alina von Davier
    Senior Research Director, Research & Development, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Phillip Yao
    M.Sc. Student, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
    SESSION PARTICIPANTS
    Jinghuan Zhang
    Professor, School of Psychology, Shandong Normal University, Shandong, China

    Session Videos

    Related Material

    What Does a Creative Brain Look Like? (Charles Limb, NPR/TED Radio Hour, October 3, 2014)
    Building the Musical Muscle (Charles Limb, TED Talk, filmed October 2011)
    Your Brain on Improv (Charles Limb, TED Talk, filmed November 2010)
    Art, Creativity and Learning (Christopher W. Tyler, Final Workshop Report, National Science Foundation, 2008)

    Shodekeh & Classical Revolution Remix of Ben Folds' "The Luckiest"

    What can science tell us about how pupils learn best? (Bodil Isaksen, March 23, 2013)

    Shattering the Limits of Human Potential (Huffington Post, June 2013)

    Arts and creativity 'squeezed out of schools' (BBC News, February 2015)

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