This book focuses on the need innate within the human being to make sense of the world through symbol, metaphor, and similar modes of expression. Through contemporary works of art, it shows the need for symbol and metaphor to be psychological and physiological, and does so from the perspectives, specifically, of psychoanalysis and neuroscience.
About the Author
Ludovica Lumer is a neuroscientist who earned her PhD from University College London where she worked in the department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology conducting seminal research in the field of neuroaesthetics on the relationship between visual perception and artistic representation. She coauthored (with Marta Dell'Angelo) C’è da perderci la testa: scoprire il cervello giocando con l’arte, the first introductory book on neuroscience for children, using art as a pedagogical guide to understanding brain function, and (with Semir Zeki) La bella e la Bestia, a book on neuroscience and contemporary art. Dr. Lumer has long collaborated with renown international art institutions on curatorial and educational projects. Additionally, she has lectured for many years in the Psychology Department of Milano-Bicocca University. Dr. Lumer currently lives in New York where she is in private practice as a psychoanalyst. Lois Oppenheim is university distinguished scholar, professor of French, and chair of the department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University where she teaches courses in literature and interdisciplinary psychoanalysis. She earned her PhD from New York University and trained at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She is both Scholar Associate Member of that institute and Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Society. Dr. Oppenheim has authored over ninety papers and authored or edited fourteen books, the most recent being Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor: Conversations with Literary and Visual Artists, Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion — awarded the 2013 Courage to Dream Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association — and A Curious Intimacy: Art and Neuro-psychoanalysis.