In recent years, some neuroscientists and psychologists have expressed the view that artists

 
  are, in effect, ‘neuroscientists’ who have discovered perceptual principles embodied by  
  neural events in the brain. To quote one advocate of this view, ‘Artistic license taps into the  
  simplified physics used by our brain to recognize everyday scenes. . .’ (Cavanagh, 2005, p.  
  301). This focus on the brain is not meant to deny the importance of socio-cultural and eco-  
 

nomic influences on artistic expression and appreciation. Rather, this view underscores th-

 
  at experiencing art is fundamentally a perceptual act that emerges from neuronal events.  
  It is not surprising, therefore, that the growing body of knowledge about the visual nervous  
  system has invited conjecture about the neurosensory events underlying the experience of  
  and fascination with visual art (Cavanagh, 2005; Livingstone, 2002).  
     
     
  @ VCN ,  
 

We have been studying the neural underpinnings of perception of art and design by exploi-

 
  ting fMRI. Published works include,  
     
 
  • Sung, Y. S., Choi, M., Kim, H., Lee, Y., & Kim, C-Y. (2011) Beyond visual experience; Brain activity reflecting implied sense in product designs. Japanese Psychological Research, 53(4), 349-360.
  • Kim, C-Y., & Blake, R.(2007) Brain activity accompanying perception of implied motion in abstract paintings, Spatial Vision, 20(6), 545-560.
 
     
  @ VCN ,  
 

Exciting new studies on art/design, visual perception, and the brain are in progress.

 
  Topics include,  
     
 
  • Learning-induced brain plasticity associated with perception of implied motion in abstract paintings
  • Eye movement patterns related with perceptual expertise and awareness of artists’ intention in abstract paintings
  • Neural responses to aesthetic judgment and emotion appraisal of visual artworks
 
   
   
   
   
     
 

Our research on art/design and the brain has been supported by NRF research grants

 
  including,  
     
 
  •  Deeper Dream: A study on human preference of artworks by measuring responses to AI-based artworks (Years 2016-2019, NRF-2016S1A5A2A01023762).
 
 
  • “Visual Feast – Art, Eyes, and the Brain (Years 2011-2013, NRF-2011-327-B00981)”