Women pioneers of Empirical Aesthetics (1): Lillien Jane Martin

Lillien Jane Martin (1851-1943) graduated from Vassar in 1880. She taught botany, physics, and chemistry at high schools in Indianapolis and later San Francisco. She was 43 when she resigned her position and decided to pursue psychology, a lifelong interest of hers (Fenton, 1943). She went to Göttingen in 1894, and spent four years there, even […]

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VSAC 2019: Visual Science of Art Conference 2019

VSAC 2019: Visual Science of Art Conference 2019 Leuven, Belgium, August 21-24, 2019 Dear colleagues, It is my pleasure to announce the details regarding this year’s edition of VSAC, incl. the preliminary program and the call for submissions. Call for submissions The 7th edition of the Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) is an interdisciplinary […]

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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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UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, SYDNEY – APPLICATIONS FOR UNSW PHD SCIENTIA SCHOLARSHIPS INVITED

EMBODIED VISUAL PERCEPTION IN ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS: A PHD PROJECT JOINTLY SUPERVISED BY RESEARCHERS IN UNSW ART & DESIGN and UNSW PSYCHOLOGY   Using diagnostic and interactive desktop- and head-mounted mobile eye tracking technologies to record and analyse the situated, embodied experience of visual aesthetics/visitor experience in art galleries and museums, this project will make […]

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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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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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