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Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain

Joseph P. Huston, Marcos Nadal, Francisco Mora, Luigi F. Agnati, and Camilo José Cela Conde


Humans have engaged in artistic and aesthetic activities since the appearance of our species. The expression of meaning using color, line, sound, rhythm, or movement constitutes a fundamental aspect of our species’ biological and cultural heritage. All known human societies have developed aesthetic systems that use diverse forms of visual representation, body art, music, literature, or performance to convey culturally important meaning. Art and aesthetics are, therefore, inherent constituents of the human mind, and contribute to our species’ identity, distinguishing it from its living and exti ... More

Keywords: art, aesthetics, brain, neuroscience, neuropsychology, evolution, neuroaesthetics, visual art, dance, music

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199670000
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph P. Huston, editor
Institute of Experimental Psychology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

Marcos Nadal, editor
Postdoc University Assistant, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria

Francisco Mora, editor
Professor of Human Physiology, Departamento de Fisiología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Complutense, Spain

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Chapter 7 Indeterminate artworks and the human brain

Robert C. Pepperell and Alumit Ishai

Chapter 12 Moving towards ecological validity in empirical aesthetics of dance

Julia F. Christensen and Corinne Jola, both authors contributed to the chapter equally.

Chapter 18 The Creation of Art in the Setting of Dementia

Indre V. Viskontas and Suzee E. Lee

Chapter 20 Towards a Comparative Approach to Empirical Aesthetics

Gesche Westphal-Fitch and W. Tecumseh Fitch

Chapter 21 Art and Brain Co-Evolution

Camilo J. Cela-Conde and Francisco J. Ayala

Chapter 24 Aesthetic Evaluation of Art: A Formal Approach

Alexander J. Huston and Joseph P. Huston

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