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The Artful MindCognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity$
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Mark Turner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306361.001.0001

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The Neuroscience of Form in Art

The Neuroscience of Form in Art

(p.153) 8 The Neuroscience of Form in Art
The Artful Mind

George Lakoff

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the mystery of how art presents gaps, disparities, and improvisations that invite—and even insist on—our participation in the act of reconciliation or completion and connection. Art seems ultimately to be about playing as if we human beings could step outside the bounds of our physical limitations by opening the imagination to take on the rote of seeing and being others. Of special interest here is the power of intensive visual focus for young artists and the potential correlation of such visual attentiveness with verbal fluency. Every piece of art not only is, but also is of, something. With this recognition, we have only a short distance to go before we understand that art across cultures functions to transport viewers and listeners outside themselves and beyond the immediacies of space and time.

Keywords:   art, gaps, disparities, improvisations, reconciliation, completion, connection, imagination, visual focus, verbal fluency

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