Imagining the brain cell: the neuron in visual culture

Danovi, Safia Ali; Wingate, Richard; Kwint, Marius
November 2010
Nature Reviews Neuroscience;Nov2010, Vol. 11 Issue 11, p730
Academic Journal
journal article
Images of the exquisitely formed apparatus of the nervous system have great potential to capture the imagination. However, the fascinating complexity and diversity of neuronal form has only rarely been celebrated in broader visual culture. We discuss how scientific and cultural practices at the time of the neuron's discovery generated a legacy of schematic and simplified popular neuronal imagery, which is only now being revised in the light of technological advances and a changing artistic climate.


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