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Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain$
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Joseph P. Huston, Marcos Nadal, Francisco Mora, Luigi F. Agnati, and Camilo José Cela Conde

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.001.0001

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The Neuropsychology of Visual Art

The Neuropsychology of Visual Art

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(p.341) Chapter 17 The Neuropsychology of Visual Art
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Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain
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Anjan Chatterjee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.003.0017

This chapter reviews the neuropsychology of art. First, it examines situations in which brain damage produces a paradoxical improvement in art production. Brain damage can improve art by creating a predisposition to produce visual art, providing individuals with a unique visual vocabulary, aid in people’s ability to render objects accurately, and improve people’s expressive abilities. Second, the chapter discusses the need for measurements of art if the field is to mature as a science. It reviews the use of the assessment of art attributes in studies of art production as well as the perception in the setting of neurological disease.

Keywords:   art, paradoxical facilitation, neuroaesthetics, art attributes, brain damage

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