The Marriage of Art & Psychology
Can you imagine an interview with a neuroscientist who drops names like Rodin, Freud, Klimt, Darwin, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Van Gogh? Eric Kandel, the Nobel Prize-winning senior investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Columbia University, spent time with Ira Flatow of National Public Radio’s “Science Friday” discussing his take on the relationship between art, the mind, and the brain as they began to influence one another in early 20th-century Vienna (Kandel’s birthplace—and the birthplace of parallel artistic and scientific achievements).
Prior to Austria’s annexation by Germany in 1938, Vienna was a city that facilitated the mingling of artists and scientists—each group informing and enhancing the creative genius of the other. This was where artists and scientists implored themselves to find meaning beneath the surface, thus giving rise to the content of Kandel’s 2012 book The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain from Vienna 1900 to the Present.
The 30-minute interview with Kandel is spontaneous and takes many side roads—and includes plenty of Kandel’s distinct laughter! So enjoy the auditory scenery as this resilient World War II Jewish immigrant who went on to discover the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons exposes you to what is really the basis for the marriage of art and psychology.
With appreciation for the important work you do,
Megan May 2014