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Alan Davison

Alan Davison

Associate Professor and Head of School, Arts, University of New England

I am a career academic with training in musicology. Most of my early research was on portraits of musicians, then music and visual culture more generally. Most recently I am working in neuroaesthetics, brain cognition and music.

It's time for the 'science of sensibility' to return

Jun 28, 2016 20:14 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

What is beauty in art? Why can art move us emotionally? How do our minds and bodies respond to art? These and other questions, some linked to what we now call aesthetics, occupied some of the greatest minds of the...

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Politics

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Science

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