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The Roots of Cognitive NeuroscienceBehavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology$
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Anjan Chatterjee and H. Branch Coslett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395549.001.0001

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Visual Art

Visual Art

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(p.349) Chapter 17 Visual Art
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The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience
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Anjan Chatterjee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395549.003.0017

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 perception in the setting of neurological disease.

Keywords:   art, paradoxical facilitation, neuroaesthetics, art attributes

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