UCL Division of Biosciences

Prof Semir Zeki

Prof Semir Zeki

Professor of Neuroaesthetics

Cell & Developmental Biology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Apr 1966

Research summary

Field A1 of the medial orbito-frontal cortex (A1 mOFC), shown in yellow, red and green. This is part of the emotional brain and experience of the beautiful, regardless of its source (i.e. whether visual, musical, mathematical, moral, joyful or sorrowful) always correlates with activity in this part of the brain. The intensity of activity there is proportional to the declared intensity of the experience, the more beautiful a stimulus the more intense the activity in A1 mOFC. The same general part of the brain is active during pleasurable and rewarding experiences