A Field Guide to a New Meta-field: Bridging the Humanities-Neurosciences Divide

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Barbara Maria Stafford
University of Chicago Press, Jun 1, 2011 - Art - 354 pages
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Barbara Stafford is a pioneering art historian whose research has long helped to bridge the divide between the humanities and cognitive sciences. In A Field Guide to a New Meta-Field, she marshals a distinguished group of thinkers to forge a ground-breaking dialogue between the emerging brain sciences, the liberal arts, and social sciences.

Stafford’s book examines meaning and mental function from this dual experimental perspective. The wide-ranging essays included here—from Frank Echenhofer’s foray into shamanist hallucinogenic visions to David Bashwiner’s analysis of emotion and danceability—develop a common language for implementing programmatic and institutional change. Demonstrating how formerly divided fields are converging around shared issues, A Field Guide to a New Meta-Field maps a high-level, crossdisciplinary adventure from one of our leading figures in visual studies.

 

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Contents

Crystal and Smoke Putting Image Back in Mind
1
Tentacular Mind Stoicism Neuroscience and the Configurations of Physical Reality
64
The Extended Mind An Anthropological Perspective on Mind Agency and Smart Materials
84
Tartinis Devil Peripheral Mechanisms that Underlie Sensory Illusions
108
Sociovisual Perspective Vision and the Forms of the Human Past
123
Ayahuasca Shamanic Visions Integrating Neuroscience Psychotherapy and Spiritual Perspectives
153
The New Archaic A Neurophenomenological Approach to Religious Ways of Knowing
204
Lifting the Foot The Neural Underpinnings of the Pathological Response to Music
239
Alvar Aaltos Astonishing Rationalism
267
Semantic Reciprocity Toward a Neuroscience of Cultural Change
309
Contributors
335
Index
339
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Barbara Maria Stafford is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago and Distinguished Visiting University Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of numerous previous books, including Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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