The Arts and The Brain: Psychology and Physiology Beyond Pleasure

A whole new volume of Progress in Brain Research, edited by Julia F. Christensen & Antoni Gomila, devoted to the psychology and neuroscience of art: Progress in Brain Research Volume 237, Pages 2-484 (2018) The volume includes 22 chapters written by an amazing line-up of contributors: . The Arts, Brain and Evolution 1. Art, Symbolism and […]

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Are human visual preferences older than humans themselves?

Our most recent paper shows that we (Homo sapiens) share our preference for curved contours with our closest living primate relatives: chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and gorillas (Gorilla gorilla). This suggests that such preference is not a unique evolutionary acquisition of our species. It seems, rather, that we inherited it from earlier primate ancestors – at least the common ancestor of humans, chimpanzees and gorillas, which lived in […]

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The neuroaesthetics of prose fiction, by Michael Burke

Burke, M. (2015). The neuroaesthetics of prose fiction: pitfalls, parameters and prospects. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9: 442. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00442 Abstract There is a paucity of neuroaesthetic studies on prose fiction. This is in contrast to the very many impressive studies that have been conducted in recent times on the neuroaesthetics of sister arts such […]

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Artworks as dichotomous objects, by Robert Pepperell

Artworks as dichotomous objects: implications for the scientific study of aesthetic experience Pepperell R (2015) Artworks as dichotomous objects: implications for the scientific study of aesthetic experience. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9:295. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00295 Abstract: This paper addresses an issue that has been studied from both scientific and art theoretical perspectives, namely the dichotomous nature of representational artworks. […]

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The quartet theory of human emotions – Koelsch et al. 2015

Check out this new paper on the neural foundations of human emotions (it comes with many great commentaries): Koelsch, S., Jacobs, A. M.,  Menninghaus, W.,  Liebal, K.,  Klann-Delius, G.,  von Scheve, C.,  Gebauer, G. (2015) The quartet theory of human emotions: An integrative and neurofunctional model. Physics of Life Reviews, 13, 1-27. Abstract Despite an explosion of […]

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Combining universal beauty and cultural context in a unifying model of visual aesthetic experience, by C. Redies

New open-access paper just published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience: Redies C (2015) Combining universal beauty and cultural context in a unifying model of visual aesthetic experience. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9:218. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00218 Abstract: In this work, I propose a model of visual aesthetic experience that combines formalist and contextual aspects of aesthetics. The model distinguishes between two […]

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Neurocognitive poetics, by Arthur M. Jacobs

New open-access paper just published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience: Jacobs AM (2015) Neurocognitive poetics: methods and models for investigating the neuronal and cognitive-affective bases of literature reception. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9:186. Abstract: A long tradition of research including classical rhetoric, esthetics and poetics theory, formalism and structuralism, as well as current perspectives in (neuro)cognitive […]

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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 Neuroscience: How 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: […]

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Call for papers: Research Topic for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

There is new call for papers for a Research Topic for the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience on Neuroaesthetics. Get all the information here. Deadline for abstract submission: 31 October 2014. Deadline for full article submission: 31 March 2015. Note that the journal’s publishing fees are reduced when the paper is part of a Research Topic. Text of the […]

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When misleading lines are drawn

Much of Hutton and Kelly’s unfortunate review of Shimamura’s Experiencing art rests on a biased and misguided image of the current cognitive neuroscience of aesthetics. The reviewers’ first grievance is that the book fails to “play a critical role in establishing neuroaesthetics as a subject worth taking seriously”. Such an expectation—unreasonable for a clearly introductory book—only reveals […]

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