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The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain Hardcover – Dec 19 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book (Dec 19 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262194848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262194846
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,916,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fun to read and encyclopedic in its range, the book should be of interest to scholars in many disciplines.

(V. S. Ramachandran Science)

About the Author

Robert L. Solso is Professor and Head of the Cognitive Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c158e58) out of 5 stars psychology of art March 3 2010
By J. Robert Wayland - Published on
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This author has a good knowledge of his subject. His earlier book is wonderful with insight. This book is a revamp of that material with a summary of some recent research. For my needs the first book is more to my taste.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c15b588) out of 5 stars A good read for neuroaesthetics researchers March 3 2014
By 7hyme - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Solso has left us years ago but this book remains as one of his chief contributions to the field.
As a student of architecture and neuroscience I read this book years ago and I am still referencing to it today.
Although he repeats some of the subjects he discusses in his earlier book, Cognition and the Visual Arts, the book presents new information as well. It is easy to follow and engage with the author's arguments.

Especially the chapters on faces and artistic schemata were quite helpful to me encouraging me to explore more.
It's a great introductory book (in fact an internediate level book) written for the broader public from a scientist who has recognized the importance of bringing together neuroscience and art.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c18a150) out of 5 stars Good Book Aug. 2 2009
By Benjamin van Buren - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The author, in reviewing the evolution of consciousness in conjuction with that of art, is stretching the field of cognitive science to unprecedented heights. He champions the emerging idea that cognitive neuroscience can teach us something about almost everything.

Also, I found this book far more useful to my research than books by Dutton, Dissanayake, Arnheim, etc on the same subject
1 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By A. John Q. Public - Published on
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I'm an 80-year-old artist with a PhD in experimental psychology from Columbia University and certificates from a five year New York City postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. My grandmother was an artist. Her home was full of paintings by artists that she bought cheaply and are now worth millions. A great great uncle of mine was and still is a world famous writer and poet. This book was the biggest diappointment of all the books I've read so far. Alas, there was no review of it at Amazon to save me from ordering it. There's need for a competent book with a similar title. I hope this book means the world is closer to having a good one written.
0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c15b2f4) out of 5 stars Not engaging at all May 7 2009
By Mayank Kabra - Published on
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I haven't completely read the book, but by skimming through one or two chapters, the book looked very hard to read. The flow isn't set properly which makes it hard to read.