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Art as a Function of Cognitive Development ...
discusses classroom lesson by art teacher Meg Arthurs

2014


keywords (in alphabetical order): Behavioral Art; art class; authorship; communication; creativity; development; education; evolutionary psychology; interactivity; mythology; non-aesthetic role of art; published; qualia; story-telling

Art as a function of cognitive development: Constructivism, evolution, and communication

abstract: Considerations regarding the neurology of learning reveals an in-obvious function required by the brain. A highly appropriate candidate as a means for this function is the system comprised of creation, practice and experiences of art forms. Aside from art’s conspicuous aesthetic role, it also serves crucial neurological ones. This distinction between what we experience and what the brain does with the experience may prove an intractable “chicken or egg” question. However, we continue this line of reasoning, not to provide conclusive proof of some goal or hypothesis, but to see where this shift in perspective may lead us. Specifically, we find that a critical issue hinges on two distinct uses of the word “communication.”

Communication can occur as either as isolated acts of message broadcasting and reception, as in signals, which are then labeled media by default, or akin to conversation, where media serves as a catalyst within an integrated dynamic, bidirectional system. In considering how we might effectively integrate art and development, we must determine how our species evolved to employ such a system, as a matter of survival fitness.


* paper published in Open Journal of Art and Communication.


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