Sokol Lecture: “The Brain: Creating Science Creating Art”

The Brain's Influence on Art and Creativity Explored at 2009 Sokol Lecture

How the brain influences and contributes to human creativity is the subject of this year's Sokol Lecture, "The Brain: Creating Science Creating Art" to be held April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University.

The lecture will be comprised of two presentations: the first by artist Elizabeth Horowitz, a resident of Montclair, New Jersey, who will discuss and present her watercolors, which she calls "neuro-abstractions." Immediately following, Dr. Nancy Andreasen, a renowned neuroscientist, will deliver a lecture based on her bestselling book, The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius.

Dr. Andreasen is Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry and Director of its Neuroimaging Research Center and the Mental Health Clinical Research Center at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She was awarded the President's National Medal of Science in 2000.

Throughout her career she has successfully integrated interests in the arts and sciences. She initially earned a PhD in English literature, with specialization in Renaissance literature. After spending five years as an English professor, she changed fields, attended medical school, and began her career as a physician-neuroscientist. Andreasen's research spans multiple topics, including creativity, spirituality, neuroimaging, genomics, and the natural history and neural mechanisms of schizophrenia. Her career has been marked by many "firsts" including the first study to combine genomic techniques with neuroimaging techniques.

Elizabeth Horowitz has exhibited her "NeuroAbstractions" at the New York Academy of Sciences and the Howard Hughes Medical Center in Ashburn, Virginia. She is a member of the New York Society of Illustrators, the Garden State Watercolor Society, and signature member of North East Watercolor Society.

The Sokol Lecture is open to the public and tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained at the Kasser Theater box office, 973-655-5112. Tickets are $15 for general admission and free for Montclair State students, faculty and staff.

Released: March 10, 2009