What our eyes can see is not the same as what our minds perceive,

our brains give meaning to our experiences based on what we know.

The Thinking Eye is a mediating space where visual art and social neuroscience merge,

to shape open minds and create interconnected worlds.



The Thinking Eye’s founder Janneke van Leeuwen leads our Look Again sessions in relation to our Touchstone programme, where we display a single photograph for contemplation and invite responses. Using the facilitated conversation method Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) she has created an amazing atmosphere for looking, seeing, discussion and debate amongst those attending. I always leave the sessions with an incredible awareness of how differently we all see and analyse pictures.

— Janice McLaren, Head of Education & Projects at The Photographers' Gallery, London



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