The Thinking Eye

 

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Janneke van Leeuwen

Founder

Janneke van Leeuwen has been extensively trained in both neuropsychology and the visual arts. This has enabled her to understand how the arts-based learning method Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) can bridge current developments in both fields. Her focus is on probing the network dynamics of visual art in the social brain, with a special interest in the relationship between perception and identity. Janneke holds both facilitator and trainer qualifications in the VTS method and has run VTS workshops for the VTS organisation in America, The Photographers’ Gallery in London and various independent visual art initiatives. In close collaboration with the consultants and international experts, she develops the Thinking Eye's training and research programmes. Janneke is currently working on her PhD research at the Wellcome Collection in London, in collaboration with UCL Institute of Neurology in London and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.        

 

Philip yenawine

Consultant

Philip Yenawine co-founded Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) together with cognitive psychologist Abigail House, EdD, more than 30 years ago. Director of Education at The Museum of Modern Art in New York from 1983-93, he worked in 1992-94 as consulting curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art, and during the academic year 1993-94, as Visiting Professor of art education at Mass College of Art, both in Boston. He is the author of Visual Thinking Strategies, Using Art To Deepen Learning Across Disciplines, and has written six children's books about art. Philip has been a close advisor to The Thinking Eye from the start and shares its mission to promote arts-based learning with VTS as a tool to advance observation, critical thinking and social skills.

Visual literacy is the ability to find meaning in imagery. It involves a set of skills ranging from simple identification (naming what one sees) to complex interpretation on contextual, metaphoric and philosophical levels. Many aspects of cognition are called upon, such as personal association, questioning, speculating, analyzing, fact-finding, and categorizing. Objective understanding is the premise of much of this literacy, but subjective and affective aspects of knowing are equally important.
— Philip Yenawine

Nouchine Hadjikhani

Consultant

Nouchine Hadjikhani, MD, PhD, is Director of Neurolimbic Research at the Martinos Centre for Biomedical Imaging, a Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Her research is devoted to two areas of interest: the pathophysiology of one of the most common neurological disease, namely migraine, and the understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular emphasis on autism spectrum disorders. These two areas of interest stem from her background in visual system studies. In her research Nouchine uses multimodal imaging, including fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and PET/MRI. As an expert in the field of neuroscience and a personal advocate of the visual arts, Nouchine plays an invaluable role in the The Thinking Eye's research development.