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Welcome

The Laboratory of Neurobiology is devoted to the study of the visual brain, its organization and its functioning in health and in disease.

We use a variety of techniques: anatomical to study the structure and connections of the visual brain; electro-physiological and electro-encephalographic to study the way in which cells constituting the visual brain respond to visual stimuli; psychophysical to study the perceptual capacities and limitations of the visual brain; imaging to determine the location and functioning of the many parallel and specialized sub-systems in the visual brain; and inactivation techniques to learn about what happens when a given area of the visual brain is temporarily and reversibly inactivated. We also study patients whose visual brain is damaged in order to characterize better how the visual brain functions.

More recently, we have used the information gained from the study of the brain over the past forty years to study the relationship of visual art to the functioning of the visual brain, the field which we refer to as neuroesthetics.

The Laboratory of Neurobiology is supported by the Wellcome Trust, London.

Latest news - lectures

  • Recent lecture Sep 10 2014, Brazil: Opening Lecture "The study of the visual brain and of affective states" at the Brazilian Neuroscience meeting in Buzios
  • Recent lecture Sep 11 2014, Brazil: Lecture "Neurobiological questions raised by the 'visual shock' of Francis Bacon's paintings" at the Brazilian Neuroscience meeting in Buzios
  • Recent symposium Sep 12 2014, Brazil: at the Brazilian Neuroscience meeting in Buzios
  • Upcoming lecture Oct 16 2014, UK: A talk to the Exeter Philosophy Society "The past and the future of neuroesthetics"
  • Upcoming lecture Nov 16 2014 12:40 Poland: Lecture "Subjective truths - from colour to beauty" at the Aspects of Neuroscience conference at Faculty of Biology, Warsaw University, (Kampus Ochota, Miecznikowa 1 Street, Warsaw), organized by the Neurobiology Students Scientific Club of Warsaw University
  • Upcoming lecture Dec 6 2014 16:45 Germany: A talk entitled "Neuroesthetics" at the Heidelberg Conference on "Embodiment in Evolution and Culture", Internationales Wissenschaften Heidelberg.
  • Upcoming lecture Feb 12 2015 11:30 France: Plenary lecture "The Neurobiology of Aesthetic Experiences" at the "Symposium on Behavioral Neurology" at the Institute Pasteur, Paris.
  • Future engagement May 26-28 2015, Greece: Plenary lecture at the meeting on aesthetics at the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki
  • Upcoming discussion May 29 2015, UK: Panel discussion in the context of the "Sculpting beauty: mind and body in ancient Greece" exhibition at the British Museum
  • Future engagement Nov 1-4 2015, USA: Keynote address at The Representational Art Conference, Ventura, California
  • Future engagement Jul 19-22 2016, Japan: A lecture at the 39th annual meeting of the Japanese Neuroscience Society, held at the Pacifica, Yokohama
  • Future engagement Jul 24-29 2016, Japan: A lecture at the International Congress of Psychology, held at the Pacifica, Yokohama

Latest news - publications

  • Parallel processing of face and house stimuli by V1 and specialized visual areas: a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study by Yoshihito Shigihara and Semir Zeki is now available in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • A neurobiological enquiry into the origins of our experience of the sublime and beautiful by Tomohiro Ishizu and Semir Zeki is now available in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Neurobiology and the Humanities by Semir Zeki is now available in Neuron
  • Non-binding relationship between visual features by Dragan Rangelov and Semir Zeki is now available in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Now available: Parallel processing in the brain's visual form system: An fMRI study by Yoshihito Shigihara and Semir Zeki in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Now available: Masking reveals parallel form systems in the visual brain by Yu Tung Lo and Semir Zeki in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Now available: The role of parietal cortex in the formation of colour and motion based concepts by Samuel W. Cheadle and Semir Zeki in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Now available: Semir Zeki's first book, A Vision of the Brain, can be downloaded here.
  • Now available: Perceptual asynchrony for motion by Yu Tung Lo and Semir Zeki in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Now available: Varieties of perceptual instability and their neural correlates by Tomohiro Ishizu and Semir Zeki in Neuroimage.
  • Now available: The experience of mathematical beauty and its neural correlates by Semir Zeki, John Romaya, Dionigi Benincasa and Sir Michael Atiyah in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Now available: The "Visual Shock" of Francis Bacon: an essay in neuroesthetics by Semir Zeki and Tomohiro Ishizu in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Now available: Clive Bell's "Significant Form" and the neurobiology of aesthetics by Semir Zeki is now available under open access in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Now available: The brain's specialized systems for aesthetic and perceptual judgments by Semir Zeki and Tomohiro Ishizu is now available under open access in the European Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Now available: Parallelism in the brain's visual form system by Semir Zeki and Yoshihito Shigihara is now available in the European Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Now available: Splendors and Miseries of the Brain is now available in Greek and Polish (also available in Spanish, Italian and German).