“What gives humankind its wisdom? The substrate is a neural organ called the brain, which is organized to produce a mind. The greater part of conscious input to the brain is through the sense of vision. If we want to know how humans achieve sapience, we need to know more about the operation of the brain and how it uses its primary input, vision.”

— Elwin Marg, founder

Minerva Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable foundation, dedicated to promoting original and challenging approaches to the study of the visual brain.

We encourage original research which leads to the understanding of brain and visual function, and recognize this effort through our annual Golden Brain Award.  We also hold an International Conference on Neuroesthetics to shed light on the elusive experience of both the creator and the beholder of art in all its possible forms. 

"Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes visible."
— Paul Klee



September 6-7, 2014
UC Berkeley
2014 - The Eleventh International Conference on Neuroesthetics
Seeing Knowing - Vision, Knowledge, Cognition and Aesthetics

Co-sponsored by the School of Optometry and Vision Science Program, University of California Berkeley