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Art, a Matter of Mind: Neuroscience, Psychology and Mindfulness in Art
September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In our modern world of smart phone cameras and Instagram, our connection with art is often distilled down to a single digital picture smaller than our fist. But what do we lose by collapsing our multidimensional world into a tiny, flickering, 2D image? Even when we encounter individual works of art in a museum or gallery, the average time Americans spend looking at a work is less than half a minute. How, in our culture of increasing distraction, might we truly connect with the beauty around us? What does that connection mean to how we connect with others?
For Teens and Adults
About the presentor: Flux has been doing research science for over a decade in about a dozen different labs on topics ranging from biotechnology to mental health. From roots firmly planted in cell and molecular biology, Flux has a B.S. in Biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, an M.S. in Neuroscience from NYU focusing on primate visual perception, an M.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder looking at the mental health effects of social identities, and is currently working on a double PhD in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder where his work lies at the intersection of molecular biology, neuroscience, and mental health. His passion is understanding the deeper causes of mental health conditions at many levels, from biochemical to behavioral, and finding ways to integrate that knowledge into effective clinical treatments. His dissertation work primarily focuses on the effects of Floatation REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) on anxiety and the immune system, along with several other projects exploring biomarkers of stress in other novel therapeutics and their connection to changes in mental health. He is a graduate student therapist at the Sutherland Bipolar Center, and has previous clinical experience working with underserved populations in the Boulder area. Flux is also very passionate about science communication, and has extensive experience as a graphic designer, which he applies to his presentations and educational illustrations.