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How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration

Ellen Winner


This book is an examination of what psychologists have discovered about how art works—what it does to us, how we experience art, how we react to it emotionally, how we judge it, and what we learn from it. The questions investigate include the following: What makes us call something art? Do we experience “real” emotions from the arts? Do aesthetic judgments have any objective truth value? Does learning to play music raise a child’s IQ? Is modern art something my kid could do? Is achieving greatness in an art form just a matter of hard work? Philosophers have grappled with these questions for ce ... More

Keywords: art, aesthetics, psychology, philosophy, intuitive aesthetics, experimental philosophy, experimental aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190863357
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190863357.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Winner, author
Professor of Psychology, Boston College