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Art and the Brain: Your Brain on Art

Online / Art in Context

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 6 – 8pm


Horace Pippin. Giving Thanks (detail), 1942. BF990. Public Domain.

$200; members $180
(4 classes)

About the Class

Art evokes emotion, perception, memory, reality, and so much more. How does the brain process this information? And what goes on in the brain itself during the creative process of making art? This course explores the intersection between neuroscience and art. Different art forms will be explored; visual, somatosensory, auditory, motor, affective, and memory systems in the brain will be discussed; and hypotheses will be made. Are you ready to experience your brain on art?

The class is online-only. More about online classes.


Karen A. Baskerville

Baskerville is a professor of neuroscience in the Biology Department at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on neurodegeneration, stroke, and learning and memory. She received her BA from Northwestern University and PhD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She did her postdoctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. At Lincoln, she developed and co-teaches a special topics course, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Art.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?