I have been a fan of Leonardo da Vinci since 1962. I went (with my entire class) to the Met (the Metropolitan Museum of Art) to see the Mona Lisa (didn’t everyone in the metropolitan New York area?). We already had spent a month in class learning about him, but I also bought a biography and studied it from cover to cover. I began writing all my lab journals backwards, just to emulate his practice. (Did I have anything worth stealing? Wouldn’t you have wanted to know!)
Scientists from England and Germany under the leadership of Michael Hunter provided data that many of us considered to be fact.Â The researchers were curious about our sense of tranquility, a state they define as one that arises due to natural environmental features.Â They had found that the auditory characteristics of freeway traffic and waves breaking on the beach have similar spectral and temporal qualities (meaning that their basic sounds and natures are similar).Â The portions of the brains that were affected included the medial prefrontal cortex, the posterior cingulate gyrus, the temporoparietal cortex Â (TPC) and the thalamus.Â Â They published their results in the November 2010 issue of NeuroImage.