The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain

The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain (pdf) by Robert L. Solso

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Art and the Rise of Consciousness

  • Changes in Science, Changes in Art
  • Traditional Ways ofUnderstanding Art: Psychophysical
  • Dualism
  • Art and Mind: A Unitary View
  • The Evolution of Art and Consciousness
  • The Rise of Consciousness as a Scientific Topic
  • AWAREness: The Five Facets of Consciousness
  • From Nucleotides to Newton

2 Art and Evolution

  • The “New and Improved” Brain and Technology, Art, Language, and Culture
  • Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons, and Dogs That Can’t Hunt
  • The Cognitive “Big Bang”
  • The Cognitive Blueprint
  • Environmental and Dietary Changes
  • Brains and Adaptation
  • The Evolution of the Brain

3 Art and Vision

  • Visual AWAREness
  • Seeing with Brain and Eye: The Dynamic Properties of Vision
  • The Eye
  • Beautiful Colors
  • From the Eye to the Brain
  • The Visual System and the Perception of Art

4 Art and the Brain

  • The Evolution of the Consciously AWARE Brain
  • The Cognitive Big Bang and the Emergence of Art
  • What Brains Do
  • “Raphael’s Brain”

5 About Face

  • Faces Are Special in Art
  • Domain Specificity and Faces
  • What the Portrait Artist’s Brain “Sees”
  • The Face as a Reflection of the “Inner Person”

6 Illusions: Sensory, Cognitive, and Artistic

  • Sensory Illusions: Truth or Fiction?
  • Cognitive Illusions: Twisting Truth
  • Visual Illusions
  • Artistic Illusions
  • First-Order Isomorphism and Proto-Isomorphism

7 Perspective: The Art of Illusion

  • Seeing a 3D World with a 2D Eye
  • Principles of Depth Perception: Where Is It?
  • Recumbent Figures: Why They Are So Hard to Draw

8 Art and Schemata

  • Schemata
  • Visual Dissonance
  • Canonic Representations
  • Representational Art—Abstract Art
  • A Cognitive Neuroscience Theory of Aesthetics

Robert L. Solso: The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain

Language: English
Format: PDF online
Pages: 29
Size: 6.97 Mb