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Art Compositions Elicit Distributed Activation in the Human Brain

Alumit Ishai

in Aesthetic Science

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199732142
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732142.003.0074
Art Compositions Elicit Distributed Activation in the Human Brain

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Recent functional brain imaging studies suggest that viewing abstract art is not a passive process, but rather a dynamic cognitive function that engages distributed cortical networks activated during the allocation of attention, contextual associations, mental imagery, and retrieval from memory.

Keywords: abstract art; cortical networks; perception

Chapter.  8167 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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