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Touch And The Visual Arts Symposium: Neuroscience, Art, and Art History

March 4-5, 2012

This groundbreaking symposium explores the implications of touch perception for enjoying sculpture by melding research of how the brain reacts to tactile stimuli and the increased appreciation of tactility.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 Public Lecture
At The Walters Art Museum 2pm – 4pm (directions & parking)

David Linden, Ph.D. Professor of Neuroscience The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Editor in Chief, Journal of Neurophysiology

Monday, March 5, 2012 Symposium

At Mason Hall, Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus 8:15am – 5pm (directions & parking - Homewood campus map)

        The Neuroscience of Touch and the ArtsMorning 
        Speakers: Steven Hsiao, Steve Guest, Francis McGlone, Charles Spence

        Touch and Tactility as Element of Making Art and Art Appreciation - Afternoon 
        Speakers: Joaneath Spicer, Francesco Freddolini, Henry Howard-Sneyd, Emily Braun

The Science of Touch is a collaboration between The Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute and the Walters Art Museum Research Forum with additional sponsorship provided by Sothebys. Registration Limited

For more details and rsvp contact: Barbara Smith at

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