Lectures

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The study of the visual brain

Semir Zeki

Research Front Lecture in the Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1 - 13 December


The visual motion centre of the brain

Semir Zeki

Max Wertheimer Lecture in Psychology at the Institut für Psychologie, Frankfurt, Germany - 12 December


Catch 22: Human activity and brain organisation

Semir Zeki

Marchwood Lecture at the University of Southampton - 30 November


Vision and neuro-ophthamology

Semir Zeki

MSc in Neuroscience in the FIL Seminar Room - 24 November


Retinotopic organization of the visual system; Processing of Colour

Semir Zeki

Third Annual Course in Neuroanatomy, Neurofunction and Neuroimaging, University of Munich, Munich, Germany - 18 November


Artistic creativity and brain organisation

Semir Zeki

Lunch Hour Lecture in the Darwin Lecture Theatre - 14 November


Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

Simon Stevin Lecture at Delft University - the highlight of their annual Technology Day, Delft, The Netherlands - 11 November


Integrating motion and colour within the visual brain: an fMRI approach to the binding problem (poster)

Richard Perry

Society for Neuroscience 30th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA - 06 November


Arts and the Mind

Semir Zeki

The Power of the Arts Forum, Taplow - 26 October


Psychophysical evidence for functional specialization in vision at the level of perception and consciousness

Konstantinos Moutoussis

6th World Hellenic Biomedical Congress, Athens, Greece - 13 October


Inner vision: art and the brain

Semir Zeki

International Visual Literacy Association Conference, Iowa State University, Iowa, USA - 12 October


Representations, knowledge and the brain

Semir Zeki

'La Sapienza', A Symposium in honour of Ricardo Miledi, Universita di Roma, Rome, Italy - 28 September


Action and consciousness

Semir Zeki

The Acting Brain Workshop, Trieste, Italy - 22 September


The visual brain as a knowledge-acquiring system

Semir Zeki

ICPR '2000, Barcelona, Spain - 06 September


The artistry of the brain

Semir Zeki

The Slade School of Art, UCL - 21 August


The Visual Brain and Consciousness

Semir Zeki

Biochemistry Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower St - 07 July


The Dis-unity of Consciousness

Semir Zeki

ASSC4, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium - 01 July


Whereabouts in the brain are colour and motion combined into a unified percept?: an fMRI approach.

Richard Perry

Forum of European Neuroscience, Brighton, UK - 24 June


An investigation of the location and of the timing in face processing

Ludovico Dell'Acqua-Bellavitis

Forum of European Neuroscience, Brighton, UK - 24 June


The Function of the Visual Brain

Semir Zeki

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scientific Meetings 2000, Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - 08 May


The Neurology of the Platonic Ideal and the Kantian 'thing-in-itself'

Semir Zeki

Representation Symposium, Munich, Germany - 27 April


Inner Vision: an exploration of art and the brain

Semir Zeki

Edinburgh International Science Festival - 08 April


The Knowledge Acquiring System of the Brain.

Semir Zeki.

National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki-shi, Japan. - 08 March


Splendours and Miseries of the Brain

Semir Zeki

Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain - 22 February


Science and Society.

Semir Zeki.

Department of Anatomy, University College London. - 10 February


Vision, Consciousness and the Brain.

Semir Zeki.

Hörsaal des Institutes fur Pathologische Anatomie, Universitätsklinikum, Graz, Austria. - 07 February


The Arts and the Brain.

Semir Zeki.

2000 World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland. - 31 January


A rose by any other name? Reflections on the real.

Semir Zeki.

2000 World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland. - 31 January


Delights of the Mind.

Semir Zeki.

2000 World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland. - 30 January


Watching the Brain at Work.

Semir Zeki.

2000 World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland. - 29 January


Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki.

Joint Meeting Swiss Society for Neuroscience, Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine & Chronobiology, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland - 14 January


The Acquisition of Knowledge by the Brain.

Semir Zeki.

The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, USA. - 06 January


Latest news - lectures

  • Announcing the first undergraduate course in Neuroesthetics at UCL (starting 2 October 2017)
  • Future engagement: 7 September 2017 Opening lecture: Aesthetic Experiences and their Uses at 13:00 at a conference entitled The Power of Motifs at the University of Oslo, Norway
  • Future engagement: 13 September 2017 A lecture on The Neurobiology of Beauty at 16:20 at the Monakow Lecture Hall, Clinic for Neurology, University of Zurich (part of the Scientific Symposium for the 25th anniversary of the Koetser Foundation)
  • Future engagement: 30 September - 2 October 2017 A lecture on The Experience of Mathematical Beauty at the Altius Society, Oxford
  • Future engagement: 10 October 2017 A lecture on The Neurobiology of Beauty and Its Implications at 13:00 at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge (Garden Room, Library Building, St Edmund's College, Cambridge CB3 0BN)
  • Future engagement: 23 November 2017 A lecture on The Neurobiology of Beauty and Its Implications 18:00-19:30 at the University Centre Somerset, Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5AX
  • Future engagement: 15 February 2018 Cognition Lecture at the T S Srinivasan NIMHANS Conclave
  • Future engagement: 17 February 2018 The Ramon y Cajal Award lecture of INA, Bengaluru, India
  • Future engagement: 18 February 2018 The T S Srinivasan Oration, Chennai, India

Latest news - publications

  • Recently appeared: The Bayesian-Laplacian Brain Semir Zeki, Oliver Y. Chén bioRXiv
  • Recently appeared: Imaging the passionate stage of romantic love by dopamine dynamics by Kayo Takahashi, Kei Mizuno, Akihiro T Sasaki, Yasuhiro Wada, Masaaki Tanaka, Akira Ishii, Kanakao Tajima, Naohiro Tsuyuguchi, Kyosuke Watanabe, Semir Zeki and Yasuyoshi Watanabe is now available in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Recently appeared: A special issue of The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, edited by Semir Zeki, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the birth of this, the first peer-reviewed journal, is now online. It is entitled "Cerebral Cartography: a vision of its future" and contains, among other articles, ones giving detailed descriptions of the American, European and Japanese brain initiative programmes.
  • Recently appeared: A massively asynchronous, parallel brain by Semir Zeki is now available in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
  • Recently appeared: Area V5 - a microcosm of the visual brain by Semir Zeki is now available in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
  • Recently appeared: 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
  • Recently appeared: 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
  • Recently appeared: Neurobiology and the Humanities by Semir Zeki is now available in Neuron
  • Recently appeared: Non-binding relationship between visual features by Dragan Rangelov and Semir Zeki is now available in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Recently appeared: Parallel processing in the brain's visual form system: An fMRI study by Yoshihito Shigihara and Semir Zeki in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Recently appeared: 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).