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The ‘Speechless: Different by Design’ Exhibit Uses Brain Science to Inform Art

Dr. Dan Krawczyk talking to someone

PBS NewsHour

PBSNewsHour –At the exhibition “Speechless: Different by Design,” touching pieces of art is actually encouraged. As Jeffrey Brown reports, the Dallas Museum of Art show — created as a collaboration between designers and brain researchers — explores how people interact with their surroundings and how they communicate with each other.
Dr. Dan Krawczyk, Deputy Director, tells PBSNewsHour how active the brain is. It’s a heat map of areas that are particularly active for some kind of process. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at how the curator of the DMA, Sarah Schleuning, brought the artists together with scientists and medical researchers who study brain function, autism and dementia and much more. Dan Krawczyk was one of them.


“I was excited by the possibility, because we don’t often have these opportunities to have a science-meets-art kind of conversation. And I have long thought that especially visual arts has a very clear link within the brain. And when you’re a neuroscientist, you tend to always think, how does the brain become active in different ways?”
Posted February 18, 2020

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Daniel Krawczyk, PhD

Deputy Director of Research Debbie and Jim Francis Chair and Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences


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