Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Brain-Based Theory of Beauty

Tomohiro Ishizu and Semir Zeki published recently an interesting paper in PLoS ONE, titled Toward A Brain-Based Theory of Beauty. They write: "We conclude that, as far as activity in the brain is concerned, there is a faculty of beauty that is not dependent on the modality through which it is conveyed but which can be activated by at least two sources–musical and visual–and probably by other sources as well. This has led us to formulate a brain-based theory of beauty."

I wonder what kind of activity these two photographs raise in a human brain - and I wonder also, to what degree beauty can be reduced to levels of brain activation.

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