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Saturday, October 13 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Mind's Eye: Art and Reading

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This session explores the mind and how it relates to art and reading. Boston College professor Ellen Winner, in How Art Works, called “ambitious” and “exhilarating” by the New Yorker, delves into the psychology of art. It looks at how we distinguish art from other things, decide that some works of art are good and others not, or determine why the original work is valued and the forgery not. Our taste in art, according to Winner, is determined by many things, some of them unconscious. Cognitive scientist Maryanne Wolf looks at how our brains are changing to adapt to digital media and what it means for our intellectual capacity. Her book, Reader Come Home, is a series of letters written to her readers and is deemed by Shelf Awareness a “joy to read and reread, a love letter to literature, literacy, and progress.” Their conversation will be moderated by professor of psychology Aniruddh Patel, who is working on a book on the evolution of music cognition.

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Aniruddh D. Patel

Aniruddh (Ani) Patel is a cognitive neuroscientist at Tufts University, where he conducts research on music and the brain in the Department of Psychology. His primary work is with humans, and more recently he has also been studying how other animals process music as a window into... Read More →

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Ellen Winner

Ellen Winner is a psychologist, researcher, and educator who studies the intersection of the arts and psychology. She is a professor and chair of the psychology department at Boston College. She is also a senior research associate at Harvard’s Project Zero, where she works in the... Read More →
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Maryanne Wolf

Maryanne Wolf is an award-winning cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert who has devoted her career to studying how humans read and think. The author of more than 150 scientific publications, Wolf also writes compellingly for a general audience; her 2007 book Proust... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Boston Architectural College Cascieri Hall 320 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115, USA