What Makes a Masterpiece?
About the Show
Is the power of great art in its mysterious ability to move us? Science now claims to have discovered why we like the art we like with neuro-aesthetics, which examines how the brain processes art.
Matthew Cain explores the relationship between 'neuro-aesthetics' and visual art. Can science change the way we create and view art, or is human creativity science's last frontier?
Matthew Cain explores music's extraordinary effect on the human brain, and learns how many composers are now exploiting the science of music in their work.
Stories and Film
The first episode examines how the brain processes stories and film. Why are we drawn to horror movies? Is there a formula to storytelling? Should film-makers provide his and hers versions?