Artistic works influence our minds and nervous systems, Stanford scholar reveals

Stanford Report, November 11, 2015 Artistic works influence our minds and nervous systems, Stanford scholar reveals Stanford theater historian Matthew Wilson Smith’s new research shows how 19th century brain science has nerved its way into the drama of our lives, both onstage and off. By Marguerite RigogliosoThe Humanities at Stanford Wikipedia Research by French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne de Boulogne in the 19th century influenced entertainers who used new information about brain sciences to manipulate their audiences. Here, de Boulogne demonstrates the mechanics of facial expression. (Wikipedia) No two disciplines could seem further apart than theater and science, but, as it turns out, they’re intimate bedfellows.   As Stanford professor Matthew W. Smith has discovered, modern theater – and, by extension, film and television – basically owe their life to the scientific…


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