JAMA 2011 Dec;306(22):2429-30
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
AMA J Ethics 2020 08 1;22(1):E735-738. Epub 2020 Aug 1.
Arts writer, curator, and advocate living and working in New York City.
Art world superstar Jean-Michel Basquiat painted the electrically vibrant, sketchy skull, , before dying of a heroin overdose at age 27. The painting's imagery and its creator's substance use struggles call to mind the victims of the current opioid epidemic. Large donations from the Sackler family, patrons of numerous museums and arts institutions, have prompted questions about art world affiliation and accountability. Read More
Front Psychiatry 2020 13;11:685. Epub 2020 Jul 13.
Department of Neuroimaging, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King's College London, London, United Kingdom.
Vincent van Gogh was one of the most influential artists of the Western world, having shaped the post-impressionist art movement by shifting its boundaries forward into abstract expressionism. His distinctive style, which was not valued by the art-buying public during his lifetime, is nowadays one of the most sought after. However, despite the great deal of attention from academic and artistic circles, one important question remains open: was van Gogh's original style a visual manifestation distinct from his troubled mind, or was it in fact a by-product of an impairment that resulted from the psychiatric illness that marred his entire life? In this paper, we use a previously published multi-scale model of brain function to piece together a number of disparate observations about van Gogh's life and art. Read More
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2020 08 3;117(33):19809-19815. Epub 2020 Aug 3.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027;
Does abstract art evoke a different cognitive state than figurative art? To address this question empirically, we bridged art theory and cognitive research and designed an experiment leveraging construal level theory (CLT). CLT is based on experimental data showing that psychologically distant events (i.e. Read More
Acta Clin Croat 2019 Dec;58(4):737-743
1Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland, UK; 2Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Perhaps best known for his discovery of the eponymous syndrome 'Bell's Palsy', Charles Bell (1774-1842) made significant contributions to neuroscience, medical education and philosophy. Our aim was to examine his neuroanatomical drawings in the context of the era in which they were produced and their influence on future scholars. Emphasis is placed on analysing the artistic techniques employed and Bell's unique manner of conveying both structure and function. Read More
IEEE Comput Graph Appl 2020 Jul-Aug;40(4):5-7
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are often discussed in grandiose contexts. Global technologies, trillion-dollar companies or sweeping societal implications tend to dominate the arguments. Terms like big data and petabyte storage evoke vastness. Read More