About \\ Neuroscience Initiative
Welcome to PEM’s Neuroscience Initiative
Hello and welcome to the Neuroscience Initiative at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)!
PEM’s Neuroscience Initiative, generously supported by the Barr Foundation, uses neuroscience as a lens through which to understand the dynamics at play when people engage with works of art in museums. As part of this effort, we leverage research findings published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature as well as emergent data derived from our own in-gallery visitor studies to inform our interpretation efforts and the design of art experiences at PEM. Our hope is that the insights afforded by this perspective will help to forward PEM’s mission of transforming people’s lives “by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world.”