The Arts and The Brain by prof. Espen Dietrichs
The brain changes all the time. New cellular contacts are formed, others alter activity or are withdrawn. Everything we experience may influence brain function, including our personality and behavior - and our creativity and perception of art. This lecture will give examples on how both life experiencies and brain diseases have influenced artistic creativity, and how artists have used disease experiencies as inspiration for artistic creativity.
Espen Dietrichs is a neurology professor at the University of Oslo and Head of Department of Neurology at Oslo University Hospital. He has written several books, among others Understanding the Human Body, and Our Fantastic Brain (together with Leif Gjerstad). Our Fantastic Brain received a Brage Price in 1995.
After the lecture there will be a plenary dicussion adressing the benefits and challenges in making medicine and art work together. Everyone is welcome!