Welcome

Dear Colleagues,

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 two-day conference brings together an interdisciplinary faculty of neuroscientists, artists, and clinicians for a unique and thoughtprovoking dialogue, which will examine questions including:

  • Is there a connection between mental illness and creativity?
  • What is the neuroscience of aesthetic experience?
  • How can we define intelligence and genius?

These topics will be addressed by a world-renowned faculty including:

  • Antonio Damasio
  • Jared Diamond, Ph.D.
  • Kay Jamison, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Levitin, M.Sc, Ph.D.
  • Elyn Saks, J.D., Ph.D.

We hope you will join us on November 2-3 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