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Neural concept formation and art: Dante, Michelangelo, Wagner

Semir Zeki

Felix Burda Memorial Lecture:, "Iconic Turn: the new image of the world", University of Munich, Munich, Germany - 12 December


The neurology of concepts: Dante, Michelangelo, Wagner

Semir Zeki

In the Grand Amphitheatre de la Sorbonne, Paris, France - 06 December


The standards and quality of evidence in human brain imaging studies

Semir Zeki

Centre for Neuroscience Research, Gowlands Hopkins Lecture Theatre, London - 28 November


Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

Inverness - 25 November


The Neurology of Harmony: Dante, Michelangelo, Wagner

Semir Zeki

Cork Arts Fest at the Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland - 14 November


The temporal limits of binding: is binding post-conscious?

Andreas Bartels,, Semir Zeki

Society for Neuroscience, Orlando, USA - 04 November


The dorsal region of the lateral occipital complex integrates color and motion information to construct simple shapes

Matt Self,, Semir Zeki

Society for Neuroscience, Orlando, USA - 04 November


The extraction of contours from color, texture or motion cues in the human brain

Richard Perry,, Semir Zeki

Society for Neuroscience, Orlando, USA - 04 November


The neurology of abstraction

Semir Zeki

Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria - 29 October


Neural Concept Formation in Art: Dante, Michelangelo, Wagner

Semir Zeki

EFNS 6th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Society, Vienna, Austria - 26 October


Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

Opening Lecture: Austrian Science Day 2002 - Creativity in Science and Art, Vienna, Austria - 24 October


on the function of the Cerebral Cortex

Semir Zeki

UCL, Room B15, Anatomy Building - 23 October


How we perceive things

Semir Zeki

Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Cheltenham - 18 October


Images of Mind: understanding how the brain enables cognition

Semir Zeki

Fondazione IRCCS Santa Lucia, Rome, Italy - 10 October


The posterior region of the lateral occipital complex integrates color and motion information to construct simple shapes

Matt Self,, Semir Zeki

International Conference on the Structural Basis for Understanding Human Brain Function and Dysfunction, Rome, Italy - 05 October


The brain as a knowledge acquiring system

Semir Zeki

KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden - 09 September


The World of Colour

Semir Zeki

Slade School of Art, UCL - 05 August


The nature of visual consciousness

Semir Zeki

Distinguished Lecturer Series, Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, Harlow - 03 July


Sense of Art - Sense of Justice

various - 1day conference

Institute of Neuroesthetics, Essen, Germany - 29 June


Processing sites in the visual brain are perceptual sites

Semir Zeki

From Sensory Perception to Emotion Conference, Bremen, Germany - 31 May


The spatial and temporal architecture of the visual brain

Semir Zeki

Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass., USA - 22 May


Improbable areas in the human visual brain

Semir Zeki

Brain Meeting in Basement Seminar Room, ICN - 17 May


The architecture of the brain

Semir Zeki

Building bridges between neuroscience and architecture, American Institute of Architects, Washington DC, USA - 26 April


Binding in the visual brain

Semir Zeki

Psychology Dept at Stanford University, Stanford, Cal., USA - 17 April


Neural concept formation and art: Dante, Michelangelo and Wagner

Semir Zeki

Art and Consciousness Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA - 11 April


Vermeer, Wagner and the Neurology of Ambiguity

Semir Zeki,, Per Aage Brandt

Getty Symposium, Brentwood, Cal., USA - 05 April


Perception and Aesthetics

Semir Zeki

Getty Symposium, Brentwood, Cal., USA - 04 April


Neural concept formation and art: Dante, Michelangelo, Wagner

Semir Zeki

"Ciencia y Sociedad" lecture series, Madrid, Spain - 14 March


Gespräch uber Neuronen, Emotionen, Assoziationen und Farbe

Andreas Bartels

"Forum, Kunst Musik Literatur; Gespräche - Experimente", organised by the British Council, Munich, Germany - 12 March


Distributed consciousness in the visual brain

Semir Zeki

Neuroscience Seminar, Osaka City University, School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan - 20 February


The art of the brain

Semir Zeki

7th Hayaishi Lecture, Osaka, Japan - 19 February


Untitled

Semir Zeki

Annual Electronic Imaging: Science and Technology Symposium, San Jose, Cal., USA - 23 January


The function of art is an extension of the function of the brain

Semir Zeki

Institute of Neuroesthetics Conference, Berkeley, Cal., USA - 12 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).