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Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain$
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Joseph P. Huston, Marcos Nadal, Francisco Mora, Luigi F. Agnati, and Camilo José Cela Conde

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.001.0001

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Aesthetic appreciation: Convergence from experimental aesthetics and physiology

Aesthetic appreciation: Convergence from experimental aesthetics and physiology

(p.57) Chapter 4 Aesthetic appreciation: Convergence from experimental aesthetics and physiology
Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain

Helmut Leder

Gernot Gerger

David Brieber

Oxford University Press

Among the puzzling things that humans do without an apparent biological use are many of those activities we subsume under culture. This chapter discusses the study of processes involved in such behaviours, specifically in art appreciation, and how researchers can measure psychological processes and states of aesthetic appreciation. It discusses how psychology explains aesthetic experiences, and how psychological methods — behavioural and physiological — uncover the processes involved. The chapter also discusses specifically how these methods clarify the role of context, expertise, the processing of style, and the nature of aesthetic emotions. Thus, in particular, the combination of behavioural and physiological measures reveals the mysteries of art experience in humans.

Keywords:   art appreciation, aesthetic experience, physiological measures, context, emotion, expertise

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