Brings together the history and modern perspectives on fine arts, neurology and neuroscience
Part 1: Brain Damage, Creativity, and the Fine Arts Split-Brain, the Right Hemisphere, and Art: Fact and Fiction Dahlia W. Zaidel Visual Artistic Creativity and the Brain Kenneth M. Heilman and Lealani Mae Acosta Artistic Creativity, Artistic Production and Aging Anna Mazzucchi, Elena Sinforiani and Francois Boller Focal Cerebral Lesions and Painting Abilities Anna Mazzucchi, Elena Sinforiani and Francois Boller Artistic Creativity and Dementia Zachary A. Miller and Bruce L. Miller Part 2: Further Insights on the Brain and the Fine Arts Deceiving the Brain: Pictures and Visual Perception Nicholas J. Wade The Experience of Art: Insights from Neuroimaging Marcos Nadal On the Electrophysiology of Aesthetic Processing Thomas Jacobsen Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Exploring Neuroscience, Nature and Nurture in the Novel and the Films Sheryl R. Ginn Perception of Emotion in Abstract Artworks: A Multidisciplinary Approach David Melcher and Francesca Bacci Art and Brain: The Relationship of Biology and Evolution to Art Dahlia W. Zaidel
Francois Boller, M.D., Ph.D. has been co-Series Editor of the Handbook of Clinical Neurology since 2002. He.is a board-certified neurologist currently Professor of Neurology at the George Washington University Medical School (GW) in Washington, DC. He was born in Switzerland and educated in Italy where he obtained a Medical Degree at the University of Pisa. After specializing in Neurology at the University of Milan, Dr. Boller spent several years at the Boston VA and Boston University Medical School, including a fellowship under the direction of Dr. Norman Geschwind. He obtained a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he was in charge of Neuroscience teaching at the Medical School and was nominated Teacher of the Year. In 1983, Dr. Boller became Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh where he founded and directed one of the first NIH funded Alzheimer Disease Research Centers in the country. In 1989, he was put in charge of a Paris-based INSERM Unit dedicated to the neuropsychology and neurobiology of cerebral aging. He returned to the United States and joined the NIH in 2005, before coming to GW in July 2014. Dr. Boller's initial area of interest was aphasia and related disorders; he later became primarily interested in cognitive disorders and dementia with emphasis on the correlates of cognitive disorders with pathology, neurophysiology and imaging. He was one of the first to study the relation between Parkinson and Alzheimer disease, two processes that were thought to be unrelated. His current area of interest is Alzheimer's disease and related disorders with emphasis on the early and late stages of the disease. He is also interested in the history of Neurosciences and is Past President of the International Society for the History of Neurosciences. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Neurology, the official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies (now European Academy of Neurology). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a member of the American Neurological Association. In addition, he has chaired Committees within the International Neuropsychological Society, the International Neuropsychology Symposium, and the World Federation of Neurology (WFN). He has authored over 200 papers and books including the Handbook of Neuropsychology (Elsevier).