The Unification of the Arts: Neurocognitive Perspectives on What the Arts Share and Why

Steven Brown has organized a one-day conference will explore the underlying similarities and differences among the arts, both at the cognitive and neural levels. Such factors permit syntheses of the arts, such as dancing to music, singing words, streaming background music in a movie, or blending sounds and visual elements in multimedia forms. By understanding […]

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Forthcoming: Art, Aesthetics and the Brain

Watch out for this new book, which will be released July this year: Huston, J. P.; Nadal, M.; Mora, F.; Agnati, L. F. & Cela-Conde, C. J. (Eds.) (2015). Art, Aesthetics and the Brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Description: Humans have engaged in artistic and aesthetic activities since the appearance of our species. Our ancestors have decorated their bodies, […]

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Position available

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria), Institute for Music Aesthetics, seeks to appoint from the nearest possible date for four years an 0.75 university assistant. Read more here.

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Misery loves company (Hunter et al., 2011)

There is no simple explanation for why we enjoy a piece of music, why we like looking at a painting, or why some people love watching the sun setting over the ocean. Aesthetic experiences arise from the interaction of many psychological processes, this much we do know. Some of these processes have to do with […]

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Conference report: The Neurosciences and Music IV – Learning and Memory: June 9th to 12th

Recently, the Mariani Foundation (Fondazione Pierfranco e Liuisa Mariani) invited to the fourth edition of their conference on Neurosciences and Music. With their conference – which is organized every third year – the Mariani Foundation aims to promote the dissemination of knowledge in research fields related to neurobiology, physiology, psychology, neuropsychology applied to music, with […]

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Do you know why you prefer the music you prefer?

A study in press at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, carried out by Peter J. Rentfrow, Lewis R. Goldberg and Daniel J. Levitin suggests that our preferences for music are related with 5 different underlying factors. Like with other art forms, we engage with music at many different levels. On the one hand, […]

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Music for relaxation or relaxation for music?

Many people feel that music has powerful effects on their mood and emotions. The fact that lullabies exist attests to music’s capacity to soothe. Adults too use music to relax: they play music to focus before an exam or to cool down after a stressful day. If music is beneficial for relaxation, could relaxation be […]

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