Talk: How the Brain Sees the Light
Our view of the world is a subjective construction of the mind, and photographs provide a glimpse of an artist's perception of a subject. In this talk, Marvin M. Chun, professor of psychology, cognitive science, and neurobiology at Yale University compares how photography and brain imaging allows us to understand how people see the surrounding world. Chun discusses the past two decades of scientific research: how findings have not only given us an unprecedented understanding of human vision, but also how advanced brain imaging studies can even decode (coarsely) what people are viewing or dreaming. Complements the exhibition See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection.
Image: William Henry Fox Talbot, Lace, England, 1841, Calotype, The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, gift of The Annenberg Foundation and promised gift of Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin