Mon, 10 April 2023

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

The Neuroscience of Art – How the Arts Transform Us

Johns Hopkins Prof Susan Magsamen and Google VP of Design Ivy Ross

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Join us for a life-altering journey through the new science of neuroaesthetics, and discover how your brain and body transform when you participate in the arts.

Did you know that fifty-five minutes of art can reduce the stress hormone cortisol, or that just one art experience per month can extend your life by ten years?

Many of us think of the arts as entertainment — a luxury of some kind. But science can now show us how activities from painting to dancing to expressive writing are essential for our lives, and profoundly beneficial for our health.

Drawing upon conversations with artists and scientists including David Byrne and E. O. Wilson, and upon their revelatory scientific research, Susan Magsmen and Ivy Ross join us to reveal how a new understanding of art and aesthetics can help transform medicine, build healthier communities and mend an aching planet.

They will expand our understanding of how playing music builds cognitive skills and enhances learning; the vibrations of a tuning fork create sound waves to counteract stress; virtual reality can provide cutting-edge therapeutic benefit; and interactive exhibits dissolve the boundaries between art and viewers, engaging all of our senses and strengthening memory.

Weaving together breakthrough insights from multidisciplinary pioneers with compelling stories from people who use the arts to enhance their lives, this is conversation that no-one interested in either art nor science can afford to miss.

Praise for Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross’s Your Brain on Art:

‘Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross, through extensive interviews and research, have created something beautiful and affirming with their book Your Brain on Art. Its pages provide proof for what so many of us have always known, that art, especially art in community, is transformative beyond measure’ – David Byrne

‘This book blew my mind! An authoritative yet practical guide to the neuroarts — a term that, if you haven’t heard it before, is even more reason to join these brilliant co-authors on a romp through the latest science on how art transforms the brain and the body’ – Angela Duckworth

‘This book brilliantly puts a new science to the experience of viewing and making art, and shows us how to use art to transform our daily lives. Your Brain on Art will change how you think about the creative world – both around you and within you’ – Charles Duhigg

‘A groundbreaking book on the science behind humanity, joy and creativity. Art is the word we use for the magic that makes us better’ – Seth Godin

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Susan Magsamen

Founder of the Arts & Minds Lab, Johns Hopkins

Susan Magsamen is the founder and director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she is a faculty member. She is also the co-director of the NeuroArts Blueprint. Susan works with both the public and private sectors using arts and culture evidence-based approaches in areas including health, child development, education, workforce innovation, rehabilitation and social equity.

Ivy Ross

VP of Design, Google

Ivy Ross is the Vice President of Design for hardware product area at Google, where she leads a team that has won over 225 design awards. She is a National Endowment for Arts grant recipient and was ninth on Fast Company’s list of the one hundred Most Creative People in Business in 2019. Ross believes that the intersection of arts and sciences is where the most engaging and creative ideas are found.

David Malone

Award-winning Science Filmmaker

David Malone is a filmmaker and TV presenter whose documentaries include Testing God, Soul Searching (both Channel 4), Dangerous Knowledge and The Secret Life of Waves (both BBC). He is the author of The Debt Generation.