Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA)

The submission deadline for abstracts pertaining to talks/posters and the Art and Design Exhibition for the upcoming congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), scheduled to take place at the University of Toronto from 30 August to 2 September 2018, has been extended to 8 April 2018.

Consider submitting abstracts for talks/posters on any topic falling within the broad scope of the congress (e.g., creativity, aesthetics, psychology of the arts) for consideration in our program. In addition, you can also submit an abstract in support of presenting innovative art and/or design pieces for our Art and Design Exhibition.

For submission of abstracts please visit the congress website:

The website includes important information regarding submission guidelines for each category.

If you have any question do not hesitate to write to


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 how artforms are able to combine, we can aspire towards a unification of the arts.

Conference date: Friday, May 11, 2018

Time: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Place: Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall; McMaster University; Hamilton, Ontario


  • Ellen Dissanayake (University of Washington): origins of the arts
  • Raymond Mar (York University): literature/theatre
  • Oshin Vartanian (University of Toronto): the visual arts/architecture
  • Krista Hyde (University of Montreal): music
  • Steven Brown (McMaster University): dance
  • Anjan Chatterjee (University of Pennsylvania): aesthetics
  • Aaron Kozbelt (Brooklyn College, City University of New York): creativity

Organizer: Steven Brown (McMaster University)

Poster session: People are encouraged to present research findings related to cognitive and/or neural aspects of any branch of the arts at a poster session taking place during the lunch break. Abstracts should be submitted by April 20 to Matthew Berry at

Registration cost: $80 ($50 for enrolled students). This includes lunch.

To register for the conference or for more information, please visit: