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PSYC 1021 Art, Creativity, and Genius (Fall/Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course introduces students to psychology through the study of the visual arts. Art is a universal human activity that confronts us with many puzzling questions: How does our mind allow us to look at a flat drawing and see a three-dimensional world? How can blind people draw using linear perspective? How can a retarded autistic child draw horses like Leonardo da Vinci? What is the relationship between creativity and mental illness? What happens to drawing ability after brain damage? Why do so few art prodigies become great artists? We will examine how psychological research has investigated these questions.

Instructor(s): Ellen Winner

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Does not provide credit toward completion of the Psychology major.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17