Shaping the Field of Neuroaesthetics
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Convening the Curious
IAM Lab brings together brain scientists and practitioners in architecture, music and art to spark collaboration and research.
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We’re sharing our findings with industry influencers who can apply neuroaesthetics research in their fields to enhance the way we live.
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Do You See What I See? IAM Lab Launches Investigation Into the Pareidolia Phenomenon
Human faces don’t normally belong on clouds or slices of toast. Potatoes are not seals. And peppers don’t usually look like they need a little hug. But the human mind has a tendency to perceive something as significant or meaningful, even if what we actually see or hear is vague or ambiguous. And looking at...more
A Citywide Reading Program Connects Youth Through Literature and Safe Dialogue About Violence
As the writer Maya Angelou once said: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Previous research has found that reading and writing literature can help people express themselves and reduce the stigma and isolation surrounding sensitive subjects and experiences. A new study published in the Journal of Community Psychology from...more
Boosting Vaccine Confidence With the Arts
The rapid development of safe and effective vaccines against the novel coronavirus is a remarkable feat of scientific achievement. And it’s our best shot for getting through a global pandemic. But having the vaccine is not enough if not everyone is confident enough to take it. As of September 2021, roughly 180 million Americans are...more
Who We Are
The International Arts + Mind Lab is part of the Pedersen Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. IAM Lab brings together brain scientists and practitioners in architecture, music and art in a global effort to amplify human potential.
What is Neuroaesthetics?
Neuroaesthetics is an emerging field of study that explores the impact of the arts, architecture and music on the human brain and behavior.