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Creativity & Art

Neuroscientific and Psychoanalytic Perspectives

An up-to-date book about art through the lens of neuroscience and psychology.
In Creativity & Art, Andreas and Barbara Steck use an interdisciplinary approach to discuss creative processes from a neuroscientific and psychoanalytic perspective. By referring to the current knowledge of brain sciences, the authors explore the understanding of the neural bases innate to the creation of art. Beginning with historical aspects of aesthetic experience and creation in ancient and modern times, the authors go on to present numerous artists in various fields, with an emphasis on how their subjective lived experiences are expressed and reflected in their artwork. Finally, the Stecks describe the building blocks of creativity in early childhood development discuss the psychoanalytic understanding of human aesthetic experience and creativity. Insightful and thought-provoking, Creativity & Art examines art through the lens of neuroscience and psychology.

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Table of Contents

PART I – 1 The Beginnings – 2 Brain, Mind, Body – 3 Hierarchies of Consciousness – 4 The Visual Brain – 5 The Dynamics of
PART II – 6 Aesthetic Experience and Artistic Creation – 7 Creativity and Psychopathology – 8 Psychopathological Art and Modern Art
PART III – 9 Music
PART IV – 10 Grief – 11 Grieving Processes
PART V – 12 Adversity and Resilience – 13 Artists’ Expressions and Representations of their Childhood Experiences – 14 Writers’ Testimonies – 15 Testimony from Artists Missing Their Mothers – 16 Testimony from Artists Missing Their Fathers
PART VI – 17 Psychoanalytic Conception of Art, Creativity, and Aesthetics – 18 The Uncanny – 19 Aesthetic Experience and Psychoanalytic Therapy

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