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“Exploring Cognitive Psychology: Human Imagination, Art, and Perception”

Drawing is a way of constructing ideas and observations as much as it is a means of expressing them. When we are not ready or able to put our thoughts into words, we can sometimes put them down in arrangements of lines and marks. The practice of drawing seems to be found across almost all known human cultures, with its past stretching back into the caves of prehistory. It takes advantage of the ways in which human cognition is embodied and situated in relationship to the environments in which we find ourselves.  Artist and educator Andrea Kantrowitz will share ideas and images from her recent book from MIT Press, Drawing Thought: How Drawing Helps Us Observe, Discover and Invent.  In this book, Kantrowitz invites readers to use drawing to extend and reflect on their own thought processes. She interweaves illuminating hand-drawn images with text, integrating recent findings in cognitive psychology and neuroscience with accounts of her own artistic and teaching practices. Drawing is a tool for thought in anyone's hands; it is creativity in action.

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