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The age of insight : the quest to understand the unconscious in art, mind, and brain : from Vienna 1900 to the present

Author: Eric R Kandel
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A brilliant book by a Nobel Prize winner, "The Age of Insight" takes readers to Vienna in 1900, where leaders in science, medicine, and art began a revolution that changed forever how we think about the human mind--our conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions--and how mind and brain relate to art.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric R Kandel
ISBN: 9781400068715 1400068711 9781588369307 1588369307
OCLC Number: 724650907
Description: xviii, 636 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Part 1. A psychoanalytic psychology and art of unconscious emotion. An inward turn : Vienna 1900 --
Exploring the truths hidden beneath the surface : origins of a scientific medicine --
Viennese artists, writers, and scientists meet in the Zuckerkandl Salon --
Exploring the brain beneath the skull : origins of a scientific psychiatry --
Exploring mind together with the brain : the development of a brain-based psychology --
Exploring mind apart from the brain : origins of a dynamic psychology --
Searching for inner meaning in literature --
The depiction of modern women's sexuality in art --
The depiction of the psyche in art --
The fusion of eroticism, aggression, and anxiety in art --
Part 2. A cognitive psychology of visual perception and emotional response to art. Discovering the beholder's share --
Observation is also invention : the brain as a creativity machine --
The emergence of twentieth-century painting --
Part 3. Biology of the beholder's visual response to art. The brain's processing of visual images --
Deconstruction of the visual image : the building blocks of form perception --
Reconstruction of the world we see : vision is information processing --
High-level vision and the brain's perception of face, hands, and body --
Top-down processing of information : using memory to find meaning --
The deconstruction of emotion : the search for emotional primitives --
The artistic depiction of emotion through the face, hands, body, and color --
Unconscious emotions, conscious feelings, and their bodily expression --
Part 4. Biology of the beholder's emotional response to art. Top-down control of cognitive emotional information --
The biological response to beauty and ugliness in art --
The beholder's share : entering the private theater of another's mind --
The biology of the beholder's share : modeling other people's minds --
How the brain regulates emotion and empathy --
Part 5. An evolving dialogue between visual art and science. Artistic universals and the Austrian expressionists --
The creative brain --
The cognitive unconscious and the creative brain --
Brain circuits for creativity --
Talent, creativity, and brain development --
Knowing ourselves : the new dialogue between art and science.
Responsibility: Eric R. Kandel.

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A brilliant book by a Nobel Prize winner, "The Age of Insight" takes readers to Vienna in 1900, where leaders in science, medicine, and art began a revolution that changed forever how we think about the human mind--our conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions--and how mind and brain relate to art.

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