6.06.2013

Artwork Inspired by MRI Brain Scans Installed at Stanford Imaging Center
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Art and science meet in a new installation of clay sculptures, etchings and acrylics at the Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging.
The pieces by artist Laura Jacobson, a Stanford alumna, are inspired by MRIs of the human brain and reflect the work of the center to investigate connections between neuroscience and society.
The center, in the basement of the Department of Psychology, uses the MRI to support research that advances understanding of the brain, including decision-making, cognition, perception, child development, education and emotion.
"It's not a weird, scary place filled with chemicals," said psychology professor Brian, Wandell, who directs the center. "But it's an MRI and there is a scary quality to it."
Wandell said one of the goals of the art installation is to break down some of that fear.
"It's a place where we bring families to study brain function, why we do things, behavior. We thought having art that reflects what we see and do and our mission might make all of it more inviting," he said.
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