This blog began when EC worked on an independent study under JS and AM that was centered on a neuroscience paper about how the brain reacts to art, as well as other factors that play a role in both society and in art. We had just written about the default mode network in a recent blog post. We also looked at how brain circuits that underlie conscious and unconscious decision-making might also influence those reactions, even going back to a blog AM wrote in 2012. We had been discussing such topics when the idea was brought up by AM, of what does it mean to be young? She quoted Picasso who once said, “It takes a long time to become young.”