Sunday, May 15, 2016

Week 7: Neuroscience and Art

This week, Professor Vesna spoke in her lecture about how neuroscience and art can be connected.  Before this week’s lecture, I did not know much about neuroscience at all, let alone how it could be related to art in any way.  Two of the main people Professor Vesna mentioned in her lecture were Santiago Rámon y Cajal as well as Franz Joseph Gall.  Franz Joseph Gall is the person who first came up with the idea on cerebral functions to certain areas of the brain.  Also, he came up with phrenology, which helped derive beliefs about personalities based on skull shape.  Santiago Ramon y Cajal, on the other hand, was influential due to the fact that he is believed to be the the pioneer in regards to neruo anatomy.  For his studies, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1906.  
Another part of the lecture I thought was interesting was Professor Vesna’s lesson on dreams.  I thought it was very interesting that 95% of what we dream is forgotten.  Two of the main figures in the unconscious were Freud and Jung, with Jung being seen as Freud’s protege.  However, as time went on, the two became more and more distant due to their disagreements.  One of their most prominent disagreements was religion.  Jung thought religion was extremely important, while Freud believed it was a fallacy.

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1 comment:

  1. I thought it was weird to know we forget almost all of our dreams. I also find it funny that religious disagreements still play a huge factor on knowledge we've attained over the years.