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Semir Zeki

- 30 December

Talks on the neural correlates of creativity and art appreciation

Semir Zeki

Workshop "Neural correlates of human aesthetic sense", organised by the L'OREAL Art and Science Foundation, Tokyo, Japan - 15 December

The source of creativity in the brain

Semir Zeki

Public lecture at the Institue of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen - 06 December

Colours in Art and in the Brain

Semir Zeki

Talk to accompany the opening of the LTB Institute and its first exhibition, of works by James Turrell, Louise T Blouin Institute, London - 27 November

Colour and motion systems of the brain: implications for understanding visual consciousness

Semir Zeki

Workshop on "Models of Brain & Mind: Physical, Computational and Biological Approaches", Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta, India - 21 November

The Sources of Creativity in the Brain

Semir Zeki

CosmoCaixa, Science Museum of La Caixa Foundation, Madrid, Spain - 24 October

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

Semir Zeki

National Congress of the Italian Psychiatric Association (S.I.P.), to be held in the International Congress Center "Palacongressi d'Abruzzo", "G. D'Annunzio" University, Chieti-Pescara, Italy - 16 October

Immagini, illusioni, cervello

Semir Zeki

Meeting: Parole in gioco, Palazzo Ducale, Serra d'inverno, Urbino, Italy - 07 October

The Brain's Concept of Form and its Expression in Art

Semir Zeki

Phillips Gallery,, Washington DC, , Symposium on "Art and Brain" - 09 September

The Neurobiology of Sigmund Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents"

Semir Zeki

International Symposium on "Social cognition as higher brain function", Keio University, Tokyo, Japan - 01 August


Semir Zeki

UCL alumni talk, Tokyo, Japan - 31 July

Colour Vision in the Brain

Semir Zeki

Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Cognitive Neuroscience, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan - 29 July

Ambiguity in art and the brain

Semir Zeki

This lecture is part of a three-day event, organised by Codice idee per la Cultura and is part of the Progetto Italia series of events, sponsored by the Telecom Italia group, aimed to promote science and culture in Italy., Pisa, Italy - 21 May

The Neural Sources of Creativity

Semir Zeki

This lecture is part of a series of talks on the neural basis of human cultural behaviours, organised by the Sigma-Tau foundation., Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy - 19 May

Love and Creativity

Semir Zeki

Event on "Arts, Science and Innovation",, organised by, the RSA, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, Brighton - 04 May

Functional Specialisation in the Visual Cortex

Semir Zeki

National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London - 30 March

Ambiguity in Art and the Brain

Semir Zeki

The first Columbia Conference on Art and the New Biology of Mind., Italia Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University., New York, USA, , This event is sponsored by the Louise T Blouin Foundation - 24 March

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.