How variable, stable, or universal are aesthetic preferences?

There is a new call for abstracts/papers for a Research Topic in the journal Frontiers in Human NeuroscienceHow variable, stable, or universal are aesthetic preferences? Editors are Daniel J Graham, Christoph Redies, and Edward A Vessel, and the deadlines are July 1st 2015 for the abstracts, and November 1st 2015 for the papers.

From the Research Topic description:

“this Research Topic poses a variety of questions: How much of aesthetics and/or art appreciation is common or stable in humans, and how much is variable, both between persons and across an individual’s lifetime? What is the effect of short-term influences (e.g. mere exposure effects vs. habituation effects, adaptation)? How do factors of individual taste, common patterns of preference, and stability interact? How universal are brain responses to aesthetic objects between individuals and for different categories of aesthetic stimuli? What is the role of non-aesthetic factors (development, personality, emotion, creativity, intelligence, etc.), as well as the role of properties inherent in aesthetic objects?

We welcome experimental and theoretical contributions from all fields that address these and related questions. Possible methodologies could include, but are not limited to, brain imaging, behavioral tests, psychophysics, and computational approaches.”

Get all the information here …

One thought on “How variable, stable, or universal are aesthetic preferences?”

  1. Dear all,
    I am a PhD student of literature and have only recently become acquainted with the fascinating field of Neuroesthetics. I would like to ask the readers of this blog if they know of any interesting papers, articles or books that deal with olfactory data within a diegesis and how that data is processed at a neurological level by the reader. My hypothesis –which I hope to confirm or disconfirm– is that olfactory data is often more effective and more reliable in eliciting a response than visual or auditory data and that the memory of said data is less subject to re-elaboration over time. In summation, I am trying to find empirical evidence of the evocative power of olfactory data in literature which goes beyond the tradition of Proust’s madeleines and which is more reader-oriented.
    Please excuse the approximative nature of this post and thank you all in advance.
    N.

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