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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

  • 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).