Visual arts

Ishizu, T. & Zeki, S. (2013). The brain’s specialized systems for aesthetic and perceptual judgment. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 1413–1420. [pdf]

Kreplin, U. & Fairclough, S. H. (2013). Activation of the rostromedial prefrontal cortex during the experience of positive emotion in the context of esthetic experience. An fNIRS study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 879. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00879. [pdf]

Vessel, E. A., Starr, G. G. & Rubin, N. (2013). Art reaches within: aesthetic experience, the self and the default mode network. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 258. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00258. [pdf]

Cattaneo, Z., Lega, C., Flexas, A., Nadal, M., Munar, E., & Cela-Conde, C. J. (2013). The world can look better: enhancing beauty experience with brain stimulation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Advance Access published October 15, 2013. doi: 10.1093/scan/nst165. [pdf]

Cela-Conde, C. J., García-Prieto, J., Ramasco, J. J., Mirasso, C. R., Bajo, R., Munar, E., . . . Maestú, F. (2013). Dynamics of brain networks in the aesthetic appreciation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 110, 10454-10461. [html]

Zeki, S. & Stutters, J. (2012). A brain-derived metric for preferred kinetic stimuli. Open Biology,  2, 20001; doi:10.1098/rsob.120001. [pdf]

Vessel, E. A., Starr, G. G., & Rubin, N. (2012). The brain on art: Intense aesthetic experience activates the default mode network. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 66. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00066. [pdf]

Munar, E., Nadal, M., Castellanos, N. P., Flexas, A., Maestú, F., Mirasso, C., & Cela-Conde, C. J. (2012). Aesthetic appreciation: event-related field and time-frequency analyses. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5, 185, doi: 110.3389/fnhum.2011.00185. [pdf]

Munar, E., Nadal, M., Rosselló, J., Flexas, A., Moratti, S., Maestú, F., . . . Cela-Conde, C. J. (2012). Lateral orbitofrontal cortex involvement in initial negative aesthetic impression formation. PLoS ONE, 7(6), e38152. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038152. [html]

Thakral, P. P., Moo, L. R., & Slotnick, S. D. (2012). A neural mechanism for aesthetic experience. NeuroReport, 23, 310-313. [pdf]

Battaglia, F., Lisanby, S. H., & Freedberg, D. (2011). Corticomotor excitability during observation and imagination of a work of art. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00079. [pdf]

Blanke, O., & Pasqualini, I. (2011). The riddle of style changes in the visual arts after interference with the right brain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00154. [pdf]

Di Dio, C., Canessa, N., Cappa, S. F., & Rizzolatti, G. (2011). Specificity of esthetic experience for artworks: an fMRI study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00139. [pdf]

Huang, M., Bridge, H., Kemp, M. J., & Parker, A. J. (2011). Human cortical activity evoked by the assignment of authenticity when viewing works of art. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00134. [pdf]

Ishizu, T. & Zeki, S. (2011) Toward A Brain-Based Theory of Beauty. PLoS ONE, 6: e21852. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021852.  [pdf]

Lacey, S., Hagtvedt, H., Patrick, V. M., Anderson, A., Silla, R., Deshpande, G., et al. (2011). Art for reward’s sake: Visual art recruits the ventral striatum. Neuroimage, 55, 420-433. [html]

Pepperell, R. (2011). Connecting art and the brain: an artist’s perspective on visual indeterminacy. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00084. [pdf]

Sayim, B., & Cavanagh, P. (2011). What line drawings reveal about the visual brain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00118. [pdf]

Harvey, A. H., Kirk, U., Denfield, G. H., & Montague, P. R. (2010). Monetary favors and their influence on neural responses and revealed preference. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 9597-9602. [pdf]

Wiesmann, M., & Ishai, A. (2010). Training facilitates object recognition in cubist paintings. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 11. doi: 10.3389/neuro.3309.3011.2010. [pdf]

Cela-Conde, C. J., Ayala, F. J., Munar, E., Maestú, F., Nadal, M., Capó, M. A., et al. (2009). Sex-related similarities and differences in the neural correlates of beauty. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 106, 3847-3852. [html]

Cupchik, G. C., Vartanian, O., Crawley, A., & Mikulis, D. J. (2009). Viewing artworks: Contributions of cognitive control and perceptual facilitation to aesthetic experience. Brain and Cognition, 70, 84-91. [html]

Kirk, U., Skov, M., Hulme, O., Christensen, M. S., & Zeki, S. (2009). Modulation of aesthetic value by semantic context: An fMRI study. Neuroimage, 44, 1125-1132. [html]

Kirk, U., Skov, M., Christensen, M. S., & Nygaard, N. (2009). Brain correlates of aesthetic expertise: A parametric fMRI study. Brain and Cognition, 69, 306-315. [html]

de Tommaso, M., Pecoraro, C., Sardaro, M., Serpino, C., Lancioni, G., & Livrea, P. (2008). Influence of aesthetic perception on visual event-related potentials. Consciousness and Cognition, 17, 933-945. [html]

Fairhall, S. L., & Ishai, A. (2008). Neural correlates of object indeterminacy in art compositions. Consciousness and Cognition, 17, 923–932. [html]

Kirk, U. (2008). The Neural Basis of Object-Context Relationships on Aesthetic Judgment. PLoS ONE, 3(11), e3754. doi:3710.1371/journal.pone.0003754. [pdf]

Bar, M., & Neta, M. (2007). Visual elements of subjective preference modulate amygdala activation. Neuropsychologia, 45, 2191-2200. [pdf]

Di Dio, C., Macaluso, E., & Rizzolatti, G. (2007). The golden beauty: Brain response to Classical and Renaissance sculptures. Plos One, 11, e1201. [pdf]

Höfel, L., & Jacobsen, T. (2007). Electrophysiological indices of processing aesthetics: Spontaneous or intentional processes? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 65, 20-31. [html]

Ishai, A., Fairhall, S. L., & Pepperell, R. (2007). Perception, memory and aesthetics of indeterminate art. Brain Research Bulletin, 73, 319-324. [pdf]

Kim, C.-Y., & Blake, R. (2007). Brain activity accompanying perception of implied motion in abstract paintings. Spatial Vision, 20, 545-560. [html]

Lengger, P. G., Fischmeister, F. P. S., Leder, H., & Bauer, H. (2007). Functional neuroanatomy of the perception of modern art: A DC-EEG study on the influence of stylistic information on aesthetic experience. Brain Research, 1158, 93-102. [html]

Yue, X., Vessel, E. A., & Biederman, I. (2007). The neural basis of scene preferences. Neuroreport, 18, 525-529. [pdf]

Jacobsen, T., Schubotz, R. I., Höfel, L., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2006). Brain correlates of aesthetic judgment of beauty. Neuroimage, 29, 276 – 285. [html]

Biederman, I., & Vessel, E. A. (2006). Perceptual pleasure and the brain. American Scientist, 95, 249-255. [html]

Bhattacharya, J., & Petsche, H. (2005). Drawing on mind’s canvas: Differences in cortical integration patterns between artists and non-artists. Human Brain Mapping, 26, 1-14. [pdf]

Cela-Conde, C. J., Marty, G., Maestú, F., Ortiz, T., Munar, E., Fernández, A., et al. (2004). Activation of the prefrontal cortex in the human visual aesthetic perception. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 101, 6321–6325. [pdf]

Kawabata, H., & Zeki, S. (2004). Neural Correlates of Beauty. Journal of Neurophysiology, 91, 1699-1705. [pdf]

Vartanian, O., & Goel, V. (2004). Neuroanatomical correlates of aesthetic preference for paintings. Neuroreport, 15, 893-897. [pdf]

Jacobsen, T., & Höfel, L. (2003). Descriptive and evaluative judgment processes: behavioral and electrophysiological indices of processing symmetry and aesthetics. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 3, 289-299. [pdf]

Stimulating research on the biological basis of aesthetics

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