Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani
This year’s Course explores the topic Learning, Arts, and the Brain. Its purpose is to provide a unique opportunity for the research and educational communities to come together to discuss what is known about arts, cognition, and neuroscience; what is and can be applied in the classroom, at home, and in the community; and to explore priorities and opportunities for further research.
Inspired by the growing interest in the arts, the last three years have witnessed several scientific attempts to unveil links between exposure to the arts and children’s learning – much of this fueled by new studies in brain science. In 2008, for example, the National Science Foundation sponsored an interdisciplinary workshop called “Art, Creativity, and Learning” and commissioned a report due out in 2010 that reviews the current state of our knowledge and avenues for future research. The Dana Foundation also released the first findings from a set of preliminary studies investigating how dance, music, theatre, and visual arts are related to different aspects of academic achievement.
These findings were presented at a cutting-edge multidisciplinary conference, Learning, Arts, and the Brain, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University in June of 2009 that touted the interface of neuroscience, art, and education as a fertile frontier for scientific discovery, meaningful intervention, and new pedagogy.
The broad interdisciplinary perspective, from synapses to systems and applied research, enrich and broaden this course and provide the canvas for diverse conversation and collaboration. Topics include explorations of the visual system, space and architecture, music, creativity, the biological basis of beauty, arts integration, and film and the brain. There is tremendous interest in this topic and we believe the workshop is a great opportunity to expand this important conversation by bringing scientists and educators together to frame the next research agenda for arts and learning.
Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
“Brain-science & the arts” for human well-being
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, GERMANY
Artistic youth, the genesis of empathy, and a right hemispheric development hypothesis suggested by the recent work of Ian McGilchrist
Johns Hopkins University – Mind, Brain Institute, USA
Neural basis of sculptural aesthetics
Institute for Social Medicine - State University of Rio
de Janeiro, BRAZIL
An axiomatic truth? Varieties of neuroesthetic experience
John Hopkins University, USA
Indiana University School of Education, USA
In dialogue: links between drama and the academic English language development of at-risk-youth
Roland Park Middle School, USA
The Arts as a portal to creativity in teaching and learning. Clare Grizzard, Mariale Hardiman and Susan Rome.
Lab School, USA
Tokyo Metropolitan University, JAPAN
From sounds to language: the auditory world in the infant brain
Shedding light on hidden yourself; Optical-Topography decoding of higher cognitive functions
Harvard University, USA
Babies, books and Bellini
University of Venice, ITALY
Cognitive neuroscience, reading literary texts, and emotional education
Ross School, USA