Leonardo On-Line Bibliographies
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Leonardo On-Line Bibliographies
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The Leonardo Bibliography Project (http://mitpress2.mit.edu/Leonardo/isast/spec.projects/biblios.html) places bibliographies of interest to our art/science/technology audience on Leonardo On-Line, our web site. Types of bibliographies include reading lists for classes and courses of interest to educators; detailed bibliographies on specialized topics (e.g. Art and Biology); bibliographies of single authors of interest to our readership (e.g. Rudolf Arnheim). Readers interested in publishing a bibliography on Leonardo On Line should contact the Leonardo Editorial Office (isast@sfsu.edu) with a description of the bibliography.

Visual Creativity and Brain Lateralization

Compiled by Amy Andres. E-mail: <aandres@csustan.edu>.

In 1836, a country doctor by the name of Marc Dax presented a paper at a medical meeting in Montpellier, France. Dax had treated many patients who suffered loss of speech after sustaining some trauma to the brain. While this observation was not new to the medical world, Dax noted in his paper that there seemed to be a correlation between the loss of speech and the side of the brain where the trauma had been inflicted. He summarized that the separate halves of the brain control different functions. While the paper did not receive much positive attention, it did predicate the rush of scientific activity dedicated to right-brain/ left-brain functions in the latter half of the twentieth century [1].

Scientific evidence now confirms that the left and right hemispheres of the brain play distinct roles in thinking, perception, feeling and memory. In the mid-twentieth century, it was understood that the left hemisphere was directly related to functions of language, while the right hemisphere played a more important role in spatial tasks and sensory discriminations such as the recognition of faces or the detection of unfamiliar tactile patterns [2]. Further investigations into brain lateral-ization began to reveal a greater understanding of how an individual brain develops and implements visual creativity. Neuroscientists have continued their research in earnest, arguing and reconciling their findings about the functions of each hemisphere and their contribution to visual creativity.

The Visual Creativity and Brain Lateralization bibliography features books, journal articles, studies, conference proceedings, instruments, dissertations and theses that have been published on how the brains' hemispheres contribute functionally to visual creativity. While the focus of this bibliography is visual creativity, it also includes documents that contain discussion of analytic, audio and verbal creative output.

The materials selected for this bibliography fall into six major areas of relevancy that support research on the relationship between visual creativity and brain lateralization. The literature included in these areas provides a range of information whether the researcher is a novice to the field or an experienced practitioner of science or psychology. The major areas are:

  • • Brain neurology: General theories and explanations

  • • Theories of creativity

  • • Brain dominance

  • • How the brain perceives the visual arts

  • • Case studies related to brain dominance

  • • Sources directly linking brain function to visual creativity

This bibliography lists a broad selection of publications from 1965 to the present, providing the researcher with a general historiography, recent literature and identification of key resources most relevant to the study of visual creativity and the brain. Non-English materials have been selected based on the frequency of their citation in books and journal articles.

Acoustic Ecology and the Soundscape Bibliography

Compiled by Maksymilian Kapelanski. E-mail: <xkapelanski@yahoo.ca>

The Acoustic Ecology and the Sound-scape bibliography includes published material pertaining to the interdisciplinary fields of acoustic ecology, soundscape research, soundscape composition, soundscape education ("ear cleaning") and acoustic design. The bibliography takes into special account the writings of R. Murray Schafer, the "father of acoustic ecology," and his research team, the World Soundscape Project, by providing information on the various editions of their writings, including revisions, collections and some translations. The bibliography is organized into three sections: Primary Literature, Interviews and Secondary Literature.

Rudolf Arnheim: Bibliography of Articles, Reviews, Commentaries and Letters Published in Leonardo, 1968-2000

Compiled by Patrick Lambelet and Leonardo staff. E-mail: <isast@sfsu.edu>.

Art and film critic Rudolf Arnheim authored articles, essays, book reviews, commentaries and letters for publication...