Category Archives: TED Talks & Lectures

Keynote at the COLORI exhibit in Turin

In January, I gave the keynote lecture opening “The Color of Emotion in Art,” or COLORI, at Turin’s Civic Gallery of Modern Art, GAM, and Castello di Rivoli museum. Continue reading

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Talk on Neuroaesthetics in Istanbul

What draws people to abstract art? Why are paintings of Campbell’s soup cans worth millions of dollars? Next week I’ll be speaking at the 14th Istanbul Biennial on relations between art and neuroscience, metaphoric thinking and embodied perception. A book … Continue reading

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Digital Distractions: Your Brain on Screens

We need to stop treating every new piece of tech gear as an unalloyed good, and start questioning the pernicious effect it has on our brains and our being. Continue reading

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Belfast, ME: Synesthesia Talk & Book Signing

Sunday, June 28, 3 o’clock p.m. at the Old Professor’s Bookshop,  99 Main Street. Do you see letters and numbers as colored even though they are printed in black ink? Do words have specific tastes, or does music or everyday … Continue reading

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Bethesda Talk on Synesthesia and Book Signing May 27

May 27, 10 a.m. at the Wednesday Morning Group, Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda MD, 20814. Richard E. Cytowic, MD, MFA speaks about the crossed–senses of synesthesia, how it relates to creativity, and the challenge it poses … Continue reading

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What color is Tuesday? Exploring synesthesia

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Making a TED-Ed lesson: Synesthesia and Playing Cards

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What Percentage of Your Brain do You Use?

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A TED-Ed lesson on Synesthsia

An animated TED-ed lesson about synesthesia, the involuntary coupling of the senses that occurs in 1 in 90 people.

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Cytowic on Synesthesia – Hirshhorn Pt I

Cytowic on Synesthesia at the Hirshhorn Pt I 9:25 minutes (You Tube) Richard E. Cytowic, M.D. talks about synesthesia at the Hirshhorn museum in Washington D.C.

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Drs. Cytowic and Frakowiak on Synesthesia

PBS Excerpt with Richard Cytowic and Richard Frakowiak Drs. Cytowic and Frakowiak on Synesthesia 9:30 minutes (You Tube) A documentary on sight and sound. This clip discusses their fusion in the fascinating phenomenon of synesthesia.

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How Synesthesia Speaks to Creativity

How Synesthesia Speaks to Creativity Library of Congress Music and the Brain lecture-concert series October 30, 2009 Running time: 61 minutes (You Tube) “Neurologist Richard Cytowic rediscovered the involuntary joining of different senses in 1980 and returned it to the … Continue reading

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