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International Arts + Mind Lab

International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) is a multidisciplinary research-to-practice initiative accelerating the field of neuroaesthetics. IAM Lab is part of the Brain Sciences Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and brings together brain scientists and practitioners in architecture, music and art in a global effort to amplify human potential. IAM Lab is committed to shaping and growing the neuroaesthetics field through collaboration and research. By taking an outside-in approach to health, well-being and learning, IAM Lab advocates for impact-based thinking that will change the way we think today and enhance the way we live tomorrow.

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  • Sound Health: Music and the Mind

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    Sound Health: Music and the Mind is a collaboration of the National Institutes of Health and the Kennedy Center designed to elevate the science of music and its relationship to health. On June 2, a lively crowd of musicians, music lovers and music therapists gathered at the Kennedy Center to kick off a weekend of […]

  • Event Recap: Intersection of Technology, the Arts and Science in Redwood City

    At International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab), we’re focused on innovation at the intersection of the arts and neuroscience, and we know that innovation comes from bringing scientists and artists together to foster dialogue and share findings with a broader community. Last week, IAM Lab Executive Director Susan Magsamen joined a panel at Technology, […]

  • Event Recap: Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science

    On May 19, 2017, the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute hosted actor, director, and science advocate Alan Alda. Alan Alda learned the hard way the power of clear scientific communication and connection. While on a trip in remote Chile, he developed excruciating pain in his abdomen. Assuming it was his appendix, he was rushed to the […]

  • Event Recap: Impact-Based Thinking for Neuroaesthetics

    Last month we gathered 16 dynamic scientists, artists and scientists/artists for the first International Arts + Mind Lab Impact-Based Thinking Working Group meeting. For those of you who were able to join us, thank you for a thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion! For those who weren’t, we are excited to share what we discussed and hear […]

  • Q&A: Between Sound and Story

    Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis is Professor and Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas. Her research approaches music from the perspective of cognitive science. She is interested in the interface between musical structure and engagement, especially in listeners without formal training, and especially as it occurs dynamically across the course of the […]

  • Q&A: An Eco-centric Approach to Architecture

    Ilaria Mazzoleni is an architect, biomimicist, founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles and faculty member at CalArts who lives and works between Italy and California. Prior to joining CalArts, Ilaria was a Design and Applied Studies faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles for more than 12 years. In […]

  • Q&A: In Pursuit of Brains for Buildings

    Michael Arbib is Emeritus Professor and University Professor at the University of Southern California’s Department of Computer Science. He is also contributing faculty in Neuroscience and Architecture at the New School of Architecture and Design and an adjunct professor in psychology at the University of California San Diego. The thrust of Arbib’s work is expressed […]

  • Q&A with Juan Garcia: Artistry and Medicine for Healing and Hope

    Juan Garcia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine and the Clinic Director for the Facial Prosthetics Clinic. He is one of fewer than 40 Board Certified Clinical Anaplastologists (CCA) in the world, a designation for professionals skilled in making […]

  • Q & A with Anjan Chatterjee, M.D., F.A.A.N.

    Anjan Chatterjee is the Frank A. and Gwladys H. Elliott Professor and Chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders, and his research addresses questions about […]

  • Q & A with Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers

    “…the campus is modeled after the neighborhood beyond its gates. Rust-toned classrooms clad in Corten steel resemble brick row houses and are organized like city blocks with stoops, circulation paths, and open space interspersed between them…The city views the school not just as a place for the children it teaches, but as an amenity for […]