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The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art

Anjan Chatterjee, MD


The Aesthetic Brain takes the reader on a wide-ranging journey addressing fundamental questions about aesthetics and art. Using neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, Chatterjee shows how beauty, pleasure, and art are grounded biologically, and offers explanations for why beauty, pleasure, and art exist at all.

Keywords: art, beauty, pleasure, biology, neuroscience, brain, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anjan Chatterjee, MD, author
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine