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A Neurobiological Analysis of Sigmund Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents

Semir Zeki

UCL - City of Osaka Medical Science Joint Forum, Osaka, Japan - 30 November


The Functional Specialization of the Visual Brain and Its Consequences

Semir Zeki

Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan - 29 November


The Neurobiology behind Sigmund Freud's 'Civilization and its Discontents'

Semir Zeki

"Global Health: A Bridge to the Future" , Meeting organised by the Global Health Initiative at Boston University in collaboration with the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future and the School of Public Health at Boston University., Boston, USA - 17 November


Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

Gaston Hall, Healy Building, Georgetown University, 37th and 0 Streets, NW, Washington DC, USA - 14 November


The Construction of Colours in the Brain

Semir Zeki

IRIS: Essence et sens des coleurs, Palais des Congres de Nancy, Nancy, France - 09 November


The Functional Specialization of the Visual Brain and Its Consequences

Semir Zeki

Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen, Germany - 04 November


Functional Specialisation in Vision

Semir Zeki

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London - 02 November


The Disunity of Consciousness

Semir Zeki

Friedrich-Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland - 28 October


The Neural Sources of Ambiguity in Art

Semir Zeki

Friedrich-Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland - 28 October


A Neurobiological Approach to Freud's 'Civilization and Its Discontents

Semir Zeki

UCL, Anatomy Building, Gower Street, Room B15, Basement - 20 October


Splendours and Miseries of the Brain
The Edinburgh Lecture

Semir Zeki

this talk is given as part of the Edinburgh Lectures series 2005/6 on the theme 'Body and Soul', Edinburgh - 18 October


The Theory of Microconsciousness

Semir Zeki

Open Symposium on Cognition and Action , sponsored by The Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), UCL, ICH, Kennedy Lecture Theatre, London - 09 September


The general principles of the organisation of the visual brain

Semir Zeki

Augenklinik und Poliklinik, Klinikum der Bayerischen Julius-Maximilians-Universität , Würzburg, Germany - 25 August


Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

European Conference in Visual Perception, La Coruña, Spain - 21 August


Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

13th European Conference on Eye Movements , Paul Klee Museum, Bern, Switzerland - 17 August


Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

The Prince's Drawing School, London - 26 July


How We See Colours
Talk given to accompany 'Color After Klein' exhibition

Semir Zeki

The Barbican, London - 29 June


Neurologie de l'amour et de la beauté

Semir Zeki

Relais Margaux, France - 25 June


Neurologie de l'amour et de la beauté

Semir Zeki

Hôtel de la Paix, Reims, France - 18 June


Functional specialisation of the visual brain and the theory of microconsciousness

Semir Zeki

Uppsala, Sweden - 14 June


Neurologie de l'amour et de la beauté
An exhibition of illustrations by Anton Burdakov for Semir Zeki's forthcoming book will accompany the lecture

Semir Zeki

Château de Savigny-Les-Beaune, Savigny-Les-Beaune, France - 04 June


The Neurobiology of Love and Beauty

Semir Zeki

"Vision, Mind and Art" RANZCO Conference, University of Otago, Otago, New Zealand - 01 May


Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

"Vision, Mind and Art" RANZCO Conference, University of Otago, Otago, New Zealand - 30 April


The Organisation of the Visual Brain

Semir Zeki

"Vision, Mind and Art" RANZCO Conference, University of Otago, Otago, New Zealand - 29 April


Neuroesthetics: Platonic Ideals in the Brain

Semir Zeki

"Vision, Mind and Art" RANZCO Conference, University of Otago, Otago, New Zealand - 29 April


Functional Specialisation in the Visual Brain and its Consequences

Semir Zeki

"Vision, Mind and Art" RANZCO Conference, University of Otago, Otago, New Zealand - 27 April


The Art of the Brain

Semir Zeki

The World Life Sciences Forum BioVision 2005, Lyon, France - 14 April


The modularity of vision and the disunity of consciousness

Semir Zeki

Harvard University, Mind, Brain and Behavior initiative, Boston, USA - 23 March


Ambiguity in art and the brain

Semir Zeki

UCL Alumni Society, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL - 16 March


The Sightless View

Semir Zeki

BlindArt Gala Evening, Royal College of Art, London - 03 March


Levels of Meaning in Ambiguous Figures

Semir Zeki

Interdisciplinary Conference "Cryptic Symbols as a challenge to Cognitive Science and Visual Studies" , Mainz, Germany - 24 February


Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

University of East Anglia, Norwich - 15 February


The theory of micro-consciousnesses

Semir Zeki

Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, USA - 03 February


Theory of Microconsciousness

Semir Zeki

Scripps Neuroscience Symposium, San Diego, Cal., USA - 07 January


Latest news - lectures

  • Future engagement: 9-12 July 2018
    Lecture: The Neurobiology of Beauty at the Franklin-Wilkins Building, King's College London as part of the XII International Symposium of Functional Neuroreceptor Mapping of the Living Brain
  • Future engagement: 15-16 November 2018
    Lecture: The Neurobiology of Beauty as part of the Fresco Conference on Synaptic Plasticity, Florence, Italy
  • Future engagement: 7 December 2018
    Lecture: The Neurobiology of Aesthetic Experiences and Judgement at the Salpetriere Hospital, Paris for the French Society of Neurology
  • Future engagement: 8-14 April 2019
    Semir Zeki will give a public lecture at the National Geographic Science Festival in Rome (April 8-14, 2019). The Festival will coincide with the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci and the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon. Exact title, date and venue to be announced.

Latest news - publications

  • Recently appeared: The Rough Seas of Cortical Cartography by Semir Zeki is now available in Trends in Neurosciences
  • Recently appeared: The Bayesian-Laplacian Brain Semir Zeki, Oliver Y. Chèn 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.
  • Now available: Semir Zeki's first book, A Vision of the Brain, can be downloaded here.
  • Now available: Splendors and Miseries of the Brain is now available in Greek and Polish (also available in Spanish, Italian and German).
  • Now available: Inner Vision by Semir Zeki.