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Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience

Arthur P. Shimamura and Stephen E. Palmer


What do we do when we view a work of art? What does it mean to have an “aesthetic” experience? Are such experiences purely in the eye (and brain) of the beholder? Such questions have entertained philosophers for millennia and psychologists for over a century. More recently, with the advent of functional neuroimaging methods, a handful of ambitious brain scientists have begun to explore the neural correlates of such experiences. The notion of aesthetics is generally linked to the way art evokes an hedonic response—we like it or we don't. Of course, a multitude of factors can influence such judg ... More

Keywords: art, aesthetic experience, neuroimaging methods, aesthetic science, mind, brain

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199732142
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur P. Shimamura, editor
University of California

Stephen E. Palmer, editor
University of California

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{ part I } Philosophical Perspectives

{ 2 } The Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Psychology, and Neuroscience

Noël Carroll, Margaret Moore, and William P. Seeley

{ 3 } Aesthetic Theory and Aesthetic Science

Vincent Bergeron and Dominic McIver Lopes

{ Part II } Psychological Perspectives

{ 8 } Hidden Knowledge in Aesthetic Judgments

Stephen E. Palmer, Karen B. Schloss, and Jonathan Sammartino

{ 11 } Artistic Development

Kimberly M. Sheridan and Howard Gardner

{ Part III } Neuroscience Perspectives

{ 12 } Neuroaesthetics

Anjan Chatterjee

{ 16 } Neurology of Visual Aesthetics

Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Elizabeth Seckel

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