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It's a book and a fairly good one. It was written by Jonah Lehrer after an epiphany he had working in a neuroscience lab and reading Proust's In Search of Lost Time. He recognized some of what he was studying in some of what he was reading. He has chapters about George Eliot, Cezanne, Stravinsky, and a few others.

I think it works best as a friendly way to introduce folks without a lot of science background to some of what's been happening in neuroscience lately.

Caveats - The message that scientists shouldn't ignore the humanities come across a bit heavy-handed and he tends to focus on a particular artist and then mention all the other artists/scientists who they relied upon/were inspired by, so it seems he cherry picked the famous.

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