What's New With Art?

Experiencing Art: In the Brain of the Beholder considers the psychological and biological underpinnings of our aesthetic experiences. In many ways our approach to art depends largely on what we know--from everyday knowledge about the world, from personal experiences, and from our cultural background. Yet we don't always appreciate these influences. Filled with artworks from many traditions and time points, the book offers insightful ways of broadening one's approach and appreciation of art.

One of the "best science books of 2013." New Scientist

Now in paperback!

Art's new photography website is at Fine Arts America







Art Shimamura is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley. He has been a science advisor for the San Francisco Exploratorium, received the Distinguished Teaching Award by the Division of Social Science, UC Berkeley, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. He spent most of his career studying human memory and the brain. His interest in photography led him to explore the psychology of art, aesthetics, and psychocinematics--the scientific analysis of our movie experience.

Art now lives in Hawaii where he spends his time writing about memory, brain, art, and film.