Parmenides Center for  Art and Science


In cooperation with the Human Science Center andthe Institute of Medical Psychology, LMU Munich, Germany

The Parmenides Center for Art and Science is an organizational unit within the Parmenides Foundation. It has been founded to investigate the relation between the arts and the sciences, in particular cognitive neuroscience and psychology.

Questions asked are for instance: “What can the sciences learn from the arts? What are anthropological universals and what are cultural specifics that can be identified from a scientific point of view in the arts? What can the sciences contribute to a better understanding of the arts? What are scientific perspectives with respect to creativity in the arts and the reception of art? How can knowledge extracted from the interaction between art and science be applied as in education, intercultural communication, or in rehabilitation of function after brain injury?”

The project “Art and Science” is interdisciplinary and international bringing together artists, scientists and also representatives from other cultural domains. All artistic expressions of humans are integrated in this project (painting, poetry, music). An important aspect of this initiative is to focus also on aspects in the arts that often get less attention like the temporal structure of music or poetry as it is determined by mechanisms of the human brain. What are the neuronal constraints that determine artistic expressions? It is believed that formal principles or logistical functions of the human brain deserve more attention, if one wants to understand artistic and also scientific creativity. The bi-directional link between art and science has been studied already during the last decades as it is documented in many publications. But now new technologies in the brain sciences, in particular imaging technologies, allow a deeper look into the neural mechanism of what happens if we look at a picture, read a poem or hear a piece of music.

Funding of the different projects comes from
“Bayerisches Wissenschaftsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst”, Bayerische Forschungs-Stiftung, Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, Andrea von Braun-Stiftung, Stiftung Villigst, Insitute of Cognition and Communication, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität, Peking University, Humanwissenschaftliches Zentrum, Parmenides Foundation and private donations.




Associated Scientists:

Prof. Dr. Yan Bao (Peking University; Perspectives in Visual Art)
Dr. Kai Fehse (Human Science Center, LMU Munich; Neuro-Communication)
Dr. Evgeny Gutyrchik (Institute of Medical Psychology, LMU Munich)
Prof. Dr. Shihui Han (Peking University; Culture and Brain)
Prof. Dr. Yoshihiro Miyake (Tokyo Institute of Technology; Aesthetical Movements)
Prof. Dr. Eva Ruhnau (Human Science Center, LMU Munich; Concepts of Time)
Prof. Dr. Edmund Russell (University of Virginia, USA; Environmental Aesthetics)
Dr. Alexandra Gräfin von Stosch (Human Science Center, LMU Munich; Art History)
Dr. Beatrice Wagner (Lecturer at the Institute of Medical Psychology, LMU Munich)
Prof. Dr. Vera Zabotkina (Russian State University of the Humanties; Cognitive Science)
Dr. Yuliya Zaytseva (Institute of Medical Psychology, LMU Munich)
Prof. Dr. Bin Zhou (Institute of Psychology, CAS, Peking)
Prof. Dr. Yuri Petrovich Zinchenko (Lomonossov University, Moscow)


Supervised and Associated Doctoral and Masters Students:

Mihai Avram (Aesthetic and Moral Judgments)
Katrin Elvers (Media Communication)
Susanne Kantermann (Cultural and Environmental Imprinting)
Hui Li (Temporal Processing in Visual Perception and Music)
Wei Liang (Visual Arts and Temporal Processing)
Philipp Novotny (Influence of Light on Cognitive Competence)
Mona Park (Expression of Emotions in Music)
Sarita Silveira (Neuronal Representation of Surrealistic Art)
Fabian Simmank (Media Communication)
Caroline Szymanski (Time and Consciousness)
Aline Vedder (Body Representation in the Arts)
Lingyan Wang (Aesthetic Judgements, Temporal Processing)
Taoxi Yang (Visual Perception, Temporal Organization)
Jinfan Zhang (Temporal Mechanisms in Musical Experience)
Fred Zimmermann (Mindfulness and Body Experience)