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Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

"Images of the Mind: Neurosciences, Art, Philosophy", University of Milan, Milan, Italy - 09 December


The Neurology of Love, Beauty and Creativity

Semir Zeki

Science and Society Lecture, University College London - 02 December


Neurologie et Neuro-imagerie de l'Amour et de la Beauté (intervention en français)

Semir Zeki

Domaine des Fontaines à, Chantilly, France - 27 November


Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

"Story/Metaphor/Vision" Conference, Stanford University, Stanford USA - 10 November


Ambiguity in art and the brain

Semir Zeki

Neuroday 2004 (Plenary lecture), Panum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark - 05 November


Salvador Dali and the Neurology of Ambiguity

Semir Zeki

International Meeting to celebrate the centenary of Dali's birth. , "Dali: new frontiers of science, art and thought", Theater "El Jardin", Figueres, Spain - 03 November


The Inner Vision: Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

Science Festival, Aula Polivalente, Basilica San Salvatore - Facolta di Architettura, Genoa, Italy - 30 October


The Organisation of the Visual Brain

Semir Zeki

National Brain Research Centre, Gurgaon, India - 26 October


The Theory of Microconsciousnesses

Semir Zeki

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS Lecture Theatre, New Dehli, India - 25 October


Color constancy in the human V4 complex

Matthew Self

Society for Neurosciences, San Diego, Cal., USA - 25 October


Visual-Auditory Asynchrony Detection in the Right Frontal Operculum (Poster)

Richard Lewis

Society for Neuroscience Meeting 2004, San Diego, Cal., USA - 25 October


Compression of Space through Motion Interaction (Poster)

Barrie Roulston

Society for Neuroscience Meeting 2004, San Diego, Cal., USA - 24 October


Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

Keynote Address of the symposium on "Image, Imagery and Imagination", All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Dehli, India - 23 October


Creativity and the Brain

Semir Zeki

Nuovo e utile - International Seminar on Creativity organised by Regione Toscana, Florence, Italy - 28 September


The Theory of Micro-Consciousnesses

Semir Zeki

"Olympics of the Brain", Thessaloniki, Greece - 18 September


The General Principles of Organisation of the Visual Brain

Semir Zeki

"Akademiesymposium" of the University of Würzburg, Mainz, Germany - 02 July


The Theory of Microconsciousnesses

Semir Zeki

The Open University Psychology Society, Nottingham University, Nottingham - 26 June


Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

Arts and Health Conference, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland - 24 June


The Theory of Microconsciousnesses

Semir Zeki

Festival of Consciousness, Functional Imaging Laboratory, University College London - 08 June


Knowledge, art and the brain - La conoscenza, l'arte ed il cervello

Semir Zeki

Accademia delle Belle Arti, Reggio Calabria, Italy - 01 June


Ambiguità - nell'arte e nel cervello

Semir Zeki

Accademia delle Belle Arti, Reggio Calabria, Italy - 31 May


The Theory of Micro-Consciousnesses

Semir Zeki

International Colloquium, on, Conceptual Structures and Categorial Perception., The Emergence of Order in Human Cognition, University of Rome, Rome, Italy - 29 May


Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

Dublin University Society for Brain Research, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland - 04 May


The Integration of Colour and Motion by the Human Visual Brain

Matt Self

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - 29 April


The Art of the Visual Brain

Semir Zeki

108th Meeting of the Japanese Ophtalmological Society, Tokyo, Japan - 18 April


The Theory of Micro-Consciousnesses

Semir Zeki

Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan - 15 April


The Art of the Visual Brain

Semir Zeki

108th Annual Japanese Ophthalmological Society Meeting, Tokyo, Japan - 07 April


The Splendours and Miseries of the Brain

Semir Zeki

The Tizard Lecture, Westminster School, London - 15 March


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).