The Neurobiology of Painting

The Neurobiology of Painting

International Review of Neurobiology

1st Edition - April 3, 2006

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  • Editors: Ronald Bradley, F. Clifford Rose, Adron Harris, Peter Jenner
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080463612
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123668752

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The book presents a basis for the interaction of the brain and nervous system with painting, music and literature, and a discussion of art from multiple facets – such as anatomy, migraine, illusion and evolutionary biology. The book explores several aspects of the neurobiology of painting, including evolutionary neurobiology, sensation vs. perception, the visual brain and how the mind works, and also explores the affects of brain disorders and trauma on artist, with a concluding chapter on Frida Kahlo and the spinal cord injury that influenced her painting.


Neuroscientists, neurologists.

Table of Contents

  • Evolutionary neurobiology and art.
    Perceptual portraits.
    The neuropsychology of visual art: conferring capacity.
    Vision, illusions and reality.
    Localisation in the visual brain.
    Neurology, painting and synaesthesia.
    Fainting in classical art.
    Migraine art in the internet: A study of 450 contemporary artists.
    Sarah Rapahel's migraine with aura as inspiration for her foray into abstract art.
    The art of contemporary artists with epilepsy.
    Creativity in painting and sytle in brain damaged artists.
    Artistic changes in Alzheimer's disease.
    Painting after stroke.
    The self portraits of Lovis Corinth.
    Art, constructural apraxia and the brain.
    Neurogenetics in art.
    Teh naive painter of St. Ives.
    Van Gogh's madness.
    Absinthe, the nervous system and painting.
    Sir Charles Bell.
    Jean-Martin Charcot.
    Peg Leg Frieda.
    Goya's deafness.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: April 3, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080463612
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123668752

About the Editors

Ronald Bradley

Affiliations and Expertise

Louisiana State University Medical Center, School of Medicine, Baton Rouge, U.S.A.

F. Clifford Rose

Adron Harris

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas, USA

Peter Jenner

Professor Peter Jenner is a specialist in preclinical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, notably Parkinson’s disease. He has spent the major part of his career at King’s College London where he was Head of Pharmacology for 14 years before returning to his research roots and subsequently becoming Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology. Peter has expertise in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics but neuropharmacology based on functional models of neurodegenerative diseases has formed the major focus of his work. Peter holds a BPharm, PhD and DSc degree from the University of London. He has published well over 1000 articles with more than 700 peer reviewed papers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the British Pharmacological Society, the Royal Society of Medicine and of King’s College London. Peter was recently honoured with a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest and made an Honorary Fellow of The British Pharmacological Society for his contribution to research in to movement disorders. Peter has worked closely with the pharmaceutical industry for many years and acts as an adviser and consultant to both major pharma and biotech companies. He has a wide knowledge of the drug discovery and drug development process and has been involved from molecule synthesis through to drug registration for use in man. Peter was the Founder, Director and Chief Scientific Officer of Proximagen, a biotech focussed on the treatment and cure of neurodegenerative diseases that was listed on AIMs and subsequently purchased by a US based healthcare company. He is a regular speaker at international meetings and also takes time to speak at Parkinson’s disease patient-carer groups across the UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, King’s College London, London, UK

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