Art of Neuroscience was born in 2011 at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN), an institute part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) as a competition for inspiring and provocative imagery from neuroscience labs. The goal has been to make the research from neuroscience labs more tangible, but also aims for scientists to evaluate their own work from a different perspective. In recent years, we have welcomed artists to also submit work inspired by the brain to further stimulate the cross-over between neuroscience and art. Seminars have been hosted to foster discussions between artists and neuroscientists covering the intelligence of the hand, art as a uniquely human form of expression, the neural substrates of aesthetic judgement, memory as depicted in literature, games as tools to analyze data or for neural-feedback purposes and many other cross-modal topics touching upon art and neuroscience.

“As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain will also be a mystery.“
Santiago Ramon y Cajal 

“The neural processes underlying that which we call creativity have nothing to do with rationality. That is to say, if we look at how the brain generates creativity, we will see that it is not a rational process at all; creativity is not born out of reasoning.”  Rodolfo R. Llinás 

“Artists erase reality to a greater or lesser extent, and substitute their own reality – created by their brains, instead.“
Semir Zeki  


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Neuron, Scientific American, Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, Quote, Science News Prime, The Psychologist, BNR radio, MAX TV, Discover Magazine, NTR, Quest Magazine

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