Art and neuroscience provide complementary perspectives on the human experience. While the artist creates works that capture exterior and interior worlds, the neuroscientist elucidates how the brain sees, experiences, and remembers these creations. The intersections of art and neuroscience have the potential to unlock new treatments for mental illness, enhance empathy for the lives of others, and create new forms of art and human expression.

This 2.5-day conference brings together transdisciplinary faculty of neuroscientists, artists, academics, and psychiatrists for a unique dialogue exploring contemporary social issues and science/art collaboration. A series of talks and panel discussions will examine issues including:

  • How can art help overcome traumatic experience?
  • Can neuroscience guide design of architectural spaces?
  • What does brain research teach us about empathy and gender identity?
  • How do we respond to virtual and immersive environments?

A special plenary panel chaired by Michael Govan, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will bring together prominent artists and neuroscientists to discuss a social, scientific, and artistic framework for understanding the mind, the brain, and the artistic experience.

We hope you will join us for this extraordinary event to inaugurate the new Luskin Conference Center on the UCLA campus.


Andrew F. Leuchter, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA
Britt Salvesen, Ph.D., Department Head and Curator of Photography, Prints, and Drawings, LACMA
Program Co-Chairs


This conference is made possible by a generous gift from Meyer and Renee Luskin
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Semel Institute
Presented by the Office of Professional and Community Education,
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
This project received support from the NIH NCATS UCLA CTSI Grant Number UL1TR0001881.