Beauty is elusive, and philosophers have tried for centuries to understand it. Now scientists are trying their hand as well. And while science cannot yet tell us what beauty is, Scientific American looks at how researchers can perhaps tell us where the response to beauty is — or isn’t located in the brain.
In his TEDMED Talk, cognitive neuroscientist Anjan Chatterjee’s research in neuroaesthetics is unraveling the intricate concept of human beauty. Dr. Chatterjee draws on tools of neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and art to explain what makes someone aesthetically beautiful and why we’re drawn to beautiful people.
Neuroaesthetics is an emerging discipline in the field of empirical aesthetics that uses neuroscience to understand how we experience beauty in different areas (art, dance, music, etc) at a neurological level. Medium explores this controversial field that continues to evolve, push boundaries, and blur the line between art and science.