A space for experimentation, the MSU Broad Art Lab offers an opportunity to imagine new possibilities around the display and interpretation of art. In this instance, undergraduate students from the department’s Fall 2018 Cognitive Psychology honors course (instructor: Dr. Jan Brascamp) will develop the interpretive content for a show of Op art from the MSU Broad collection. Op art, short for “optical art”, is a genre that involves forms of optical illusions. But rather than providing an art historical analysis of the works on view, the psychology students will assess them from their own disciplinary perspective. This experiment will be enhanced by the use of a new “smart label” technology initiative funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in development at the MSU Broad.
The Art and Psychology of Perception is curated by Steven L. Bridges, Associate Curator. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Elizabeth Halsted endowment fund.
This award goes to an individual whose work has shown an enduring commitment to advancing the interdisciplinary science of team or small group behavior, dynamics, and outcomes.
Dr. Beilock, 41, has been on the faculty at the University of Chicago for 12 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego, and doctorates in kinesiology and in psychology from Michigan State University. She has written two books and more than 100 articles.
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