Neuroartifact is an initiative of Maurizio Forte, Director of Dig@lab Lab of Classical Studies of Duke University, Vincenza Ferrara, Director od Art and Medical Humanities Lab of Pharmacy and Medicine Faculty, Marco Iosa, Psicological Department, Fabio Babiloni, Molecular Medicine Department Marco Alfo, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Sapienza University of Rome, Valentino Nizzo, Director of National Etruscan Museum in Rome.

The name Dig@Lab recalls the main goal of this research unit, which is “digging for information”, looking for new interpretations at the intersection of archaeology, cybernetics, heritage, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, art and history. More specifically, we are interested in investigating how the information is shaped, elaborated, stored and then culturally transmitted by different societies, with a focus on ancient civilizations. We like to say that the past cannot be “reconstructed” but “simulated”, then performed by digital simulations. The Dig@Lab has its home at the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies but it collaborates with several different departments at Duke such as Classical Studies, Nicholas School, Computer Science and Institute for Brain Science.

The Art and Medical Humanities Lab carries out research and didactic trials aimed at introducing the methods of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and the usage of cultural heritage in the core curriculum of medical carearea operators.

The Laboratory experiments and introduces innovative learning models in the medical and health education sector.

For this purpose the Laboratory:
• experiments new learning models for students, applies techniques for assessing and monitoring the impact on improving knowledge and skills;
• promotes the development of new pedagogical models and proposals for scientific projects relevant on anational and international level, in the field of Medical Humanities;
• starts up collaborations with museums for students’ laboratory practices;
• uses the Visual Thinking Strategies method through practices of art observation and discussion;
• promotes and develops the use of art to reduce the burn-out risk for students in the medical and healthcare area by following the results of International studies on the benefits of art exposure;

The National Etruscan Museum in Rome has mission to promote the collections and culture of the Etruscans. The value of its items is recognized in Italy and worldwide. Other museums and institutions require them on loan for thematic exhibitions.

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