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Prof Semir Zeki
Cell and Developmental Biology, Anatomy Building
Gower Street
Tel: 020 7679 7316
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  • Professor of Neuroaesthetics
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Research Summary

Field A1 of the medial orbito-frontal cortex (A1 mOFC), shown in yellow, red and green. This is part of the emotional brain and experience of the beautiful, regardless of its source (i.e. whether visual, musical, mathematical, moral, joyful or sorrowful) always correlates with activity in this part of the brain. The intensity of activity there is proportional to the declared intensity of the experience, the more beautiful a stimulus the more intense the activity in A1 mOFC. The same general part of the brain is active during pleasurable and rewarding experiences

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