Wearing skullcaps equipped with sensors, different musicians play a variation of Exquisite Corpse, a collaborative, chance-based game made famous by the Surrealists in the 1920s — in which they play saxophones and drums instead of drawing. It is a collaboration between Houston Community College (HCC), Houston-based artists, Blaffer Art Museum, and the University of Houston’s Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Laboratory, seeking clues to what happens in the brain as people create, perform, and contemplate art in a variety of disciplines.

The study is funded by the National Science Foundation (#BCS 1533691) and led by engineering professor Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal — to study connections between the brain and creativity, expression, and the perception of art.

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