Director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics Anjan Chatterjee Is a Keynote Speaker for the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

February 19, 2020

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Anjan Chatterjee

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— Sigma Xi is pleased to announce that Anjan Chatterjee, the founding director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics, will be a keynote speaker at its Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference. The conference takes place November 5–8 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. 

This conference will showcase emerging trends and challenges across a broad spectrum of science–art collaborations and explore how interdisciplinarity can advance scientific discoveries.

Neuroaesthetics is a relatively new field that examines the biological bases for aesthetic experiences. The Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics at the University of Pennsylvania explores how our brains respond automatically to beauty and how that affects our attitudes, biases, and behavior; how our built environments affect our sense of well-being; and how humans engage with the arts. 

As a professor of neurology, psychology, and architecture, and the past chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, Chatterjee’s research addresses questions about neuroaesthetics, spatial cognition and language, and neuroethics. His clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders and he is the author of The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art.  

At the conference, Chatterjee’s keynote session will be titled, “The Aesthetic Brain: On Beauty, Buildings, and Art.”

Registration is open for the conference, and early bird pricing is available through July 14:

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety