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Near-Future Neuroaesthetics Novel, Written by Recent President of the Portland Art Museum’s Docent, Published by White Wave Books

Portland, OR, October 6, 2021 – ( – Jen L. Hanson’s debut novel, “Sensored Souls: The Secret Life of a Mind-Hacking Neuroscientist,” published by White Wave Books, will be released on Amazon on October 5, 2021. Hanson, who served as chair of the Portland Art Museum (PAM) Docents Council from 2018 to 2019, creates a bizarre portrait of the intersection of brain science and the arts – – exploring a speculative aesthetic experience based on some haunting reality.

“Consciousness and the exploration of the mind are timeless contemplations in art and science,” says Hanson, who has guided museum tours for eight years at PAM, in addition to working as a senior instructor in the program. training of 2017-2018 docents of the organization. “Sensored Souls is an enlightening and timely blend of art and neuroscience, aesthetics and ethics, revealing just how far one can go in the desperate search for the elusive human soul.”

The Portland Art Museum, the seventh oldest art museum in the United States, is a strong community partner in promoting education in neuroscience and art. Partnerships include the Brain Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, and NW Noggin, including events in October 2021. These groups illustrate why Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, called the Pacific Northwest a “powerhouse in neuroscience.”

Hanson developed PAM’s Art and Meditation Tours in 2015, drawing on her experience as one of the region’s top meditation and yoga instructors. She has served as a monthly guide to mindfulness in public and private, including leading artistic meditation workshops for the annual OHSU Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative at PAM.

As neuroesthetics is about to take a leap forward – as art, science and technology weave together to create more solid solutions to complex problems – “Sensored Souls” highlights the art of brain connectivity. In Hanson’s new novel, fantasy technology and futuristic Buddhism dance with characters caught up in unpredictable and evil events. Set in an urban underground world close to the future, clear writing makes the themes of sensory perception and enlightenment accessible.

Coming from Portland where writers like Ursula K. Le Guin have put speculative fiction on the map, this innovative cross-genre metaphysical sci-fi story offers a treasure trove for those who enjoy insightful dialogues, accessible philosophical inquiry, surprises. intrigue and a strong female role.

Jen L. Hanson is an author, photographer and beekeeper from Portland, Oregon who inspires others to find their creative flow. She spent eight years leading art tours at the Portland Art Museum, including serving as Chair of the Council on Docents and Instructor of the Docent Education Program. Previously, after earning her Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University, she edited financial magazines in Manhattan and worked in high-tech public relations in San Francisco. Hanson, a well-known yoga and meditation instructor, has worked at the illustrious Multnomah Athletic Club since 2009. She has published more than 30 photography books privately and is combining her images with her poetry for a larger retrospective in 2022.


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