November 9 - 11, 2017

UCLA Luskin Conference Center

(201) 310-4428


Dear Attendees,

Art and neuroscience provide complementary perspectives on the human experience. While the artist creates works that capture exterior and interior worlds, the neuroscientist elucidates how the brain sees, experiences, and remembers these creations. The intersections of art and neuroscience have the potential to unlock new treatments for mental illness, enhance empathy for the lives of others, and create new forms of art and human expression.

This 2.5-day conference brings together transdisciplinary faculty of neuroscientists, artists, academics, and psychiatrists for a unique dialogue exploring contemporary social issues and science/art collaboration. A series of talks and panel discussions will examine issues including:

  • What can neuroscience and art teach us about autism?

  • Can music be used for treatment of brain disorders?

  • What role does memory play in art?

A special plenary panel chaired by Michael Govan, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will bring together prominent artists and neuroscientists to discuss a social, scientific, and artistic framework for understanding the mind, the brain, and the artistic experience.

We hope you will join us for this extraordinary event at the Luskin Conference Center on the UCLA campus.

Andrew F. Leuchter, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA
Britt Salvesen, Ph.D., Department Head and Curator of Photography, Prints, and Drawings, LACMA
Program Co-Chairs

(310) 825-3351

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