Posted by vanessa on May 4, 2017
On April 24, 2017 Columbia DPT students attended a lecture on the main campus by Professor Eric R. Kandel, MD, who discussed his latest book, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science. Dr. Kandel uses neuroscience principles to explain how we perceive and appreciate works of art, and how modern artists exploited these principles in their work.
Having studied art history at the graduate level, Samira Panjaki (CUDPT 2017) was especially interested in Professor Kandel’s interpretation of the cerebral quality of modern art. Samira commented, “Professor Kandel is able to bridge art and science with his explanation of how post-World War II American artists used neuropsychological principles to produce abstract works of art intended to appeal to the viewer’s emotions”.
Eric Kandel is University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and co-director of the Columbia University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. In 2000, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Professor Kandel co-authored and edited Principles of Neural Science, which Columbia DPT students are required to read in their first year of coursework. The students who attended the lecture were delighted to have the chance to speak with Professor Kandel after the event.
Left to Right top row: Gila Akselrad, Samira Panjaki, Valerie Buan (all DPT 2017)
Bottom row: Morgan Lea, Elizabeth Breen (both DPT 2018), Professor Kandel