Have you ever felt like you were physically experiencing the emotions of a performer while taking in a lively musical, watching a beautiful film or visiting an intoxicating performance art exhibit at a museum? A relatively new field of brain research called neuroaesthetics studies how our brains convey sensation throughout our bodies in order to trigger aesthetic experiences. These incredible mechanisms of the brain are what allow us to truly appreciate the art we experience and to feel completely connected to the audience around us at a performance. This beautifully interactive piece by The Washington Post uses visuals and music from the New York City Ballet’s production of “Swan Lake” to guide the reader through this powerful relationship between art and the brain.
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