Some federal intelligence agents and law enforcement officers are going back to school -- to study paintings. CIA and FBI agents, along with Secret Service officers, are among those who have taken a course called "The Art of Perception" at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, theTelegraph reports.
Amy Herman, an art historian who teaches the course, says it's valuable to investigators because it "refreshes their sense of inquiry" and improves their ability to characterize what they see.
"Amy taught us that to be successful, you have to think outside the box," says Bill Reiner, an FBI special agent. "Don't just look at a picture and see a picture. See what's happening."