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Light InSight Lecture Series Bevil Conway presents: Color: Neuroscience and Art Practice

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Bevil Conway, Dept. of Neuroscience, Wellesley College, will present a lecture on “Color: Neuroscience and Art Practice” as part of the Light InSight Lecture Series.


What is color for and how do we see it? Color is a fundamental determinant of visual experience, yet we know scandalously little about its role in behavior and how it is computed by the brain. I am interested in addressing these questions using traditional neuroscience techniques in addition to multidisciplinary studies of art history and art practice. Paintings are the product of our brain’s neural machinery, which has been sculpted during evolution, and modified by cultural exposure and development. By examining artists’ painting practices, my goal is to discover hints to how the brain works, gain insight into the impact of artists on culture, and inform my ongoing scientific studies of the brain’s mechanisms for encoding and decoding color.