Into the Mind of an Artist: Convergent Research at the Nexus of Art, Science, and Technology

  • Jesus G. Cruz-GarzaEmail author
  • Anastasiya E. Kopteva
  • Jo Ann Fleischhauer
  • Jose L. Contreras-Vidal
Part of the Springer Series on Bio- and Neurosystems book series (SSBN, volume 10)


We introduce a novel convergent research framework based on context-aware, mobile brain–body imaging (MoBI) technology to track, record, and annotate the creative process of an artist as she conceived and created a new composition over a period of several months. We discuss behavioral, technological, scientific, and artistic challenges for the long-term study of creativity in complex natural settings.


EEG Real-world MoBI Art Creativity Insight Neuroimaging 



The authors thank the support of this research by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston for providing the artist with a research grant to conduct olfactory research and consult with orchid bee researcher, Dr. Santiago Ramirez, The Ramirez Lab, University of California Davis, Davis, CA; and the Institute of Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles, CA. Research funds for this project were provided by the National Science Foundation Award #BCS 1533691. Jeannie Kever conducted the interview with the artist, transcribed and adapted with permission.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesus G. Cruz-Garza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anastasiya E. Kopteva
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jo Ann Fleischhauer
    • 3
  • Jose L. Contreras-Vidal
    • 1
  1. 1.IUCRC BRAINUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Theater and DanceUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Cullen College of EngineeringUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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