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Drawing from field theory, Gestalt therapy conceives psychological suffering and psychotherapy as two intentional field phenomena, where unprocessed and chaotic experiences seek the opportunity to emerge and be assimilated through the contact between the patient and the therapist (i.e., the intentionality of contacting). This therapeutic approach i...
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This study investigates aesthetic responses to Michelangelo Buonarroti's sculpture Night with a focus on the concepts of animism and imagination. Accounts left by Giovanni di Carlo Strozzi (1517-1570), Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), and Michelangelo Buonarroti himself (1475-1564) describe this statue as if it were a living human. These reactions not o...
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Atonal music is often characterized by low predictability stemming from the absence of tonal or metrical hierarchies. In contrast, Western tonal music exhibits intrinsic predictability due to its hierarchical structure and therefore, offers a directly accessible predictive model to the listener. In consequence, a specific challenge of atonal music...
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Given that aesthetic experiences typically involve extracting meaning from environment, we believe that semantic cognition research has much to offer the field of neuroaesthetics. In the current paper, we propose a generalised framework that is inspired by the semantic cognition literature and that treats aesthetic experience as just one example of...
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Statements about educational/developmental effects and benefits of Eurhythmics are mostly derived from Jacques-Dalcroze's seminal ideas and associated principles and/or are based on heuristic considerations. The present paper explores Eurhythmics from a neuroscientific perspective and suggests hence a complementary theoretical framework. Focusing o...
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In this paper we investigate some important trends in contemporary naturalist aesthetics in relation to two decisive issues. Firstly, it is important to explicitly clarify what kind of naturalism is at stake within the debate, more specifically whether an account of the topic involves forms of physical reductionism, emergentism, and/or continuistic...
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We here address the question of the extent to which judgments of mathematical beauty (which we categorize as biological beauty) are resistant to revision through external opinion. A total of 100 mathematicians of different national and ethnic origins were asked to rate 60 mathematical equations for their beauty; after being presented a fictitious “...
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Aesthetic experiences during natural vision are varied: they can arise from viewing scenic landscapes, interesting architecture, or attractive people. Recent research in the field of neuroaesthetics has taught us a lot about where in the brain such aesthetic experiences are represented. Much less is known about when such experiences arise during th...
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The recent discoveries in the field of Neuroaesthetics enable performance theorists to embark on a research into the spectator’s receptive process from a scientific point of view. For centuries, various approaches have been proposed in theatre theory in order to verify the way by which the spectator perceives a performance. Currently, neurophysiolo...
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Structural art should not be marginalised as an integral part of structural design. By reviewing historical understandings of structural art, this article discusses the ambiguous and neglected perspective of structural art on architectural design and human perception dimensions, concentrating the attention of structural art on the question of human...
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Hotel architectural design plays a critical role in the hospitality experiences of consumers, and it is important to consider that people may have different aesthetic cognitions toward the sensory properties of nature (i.e., the architecture of the hotel), such as its color and texture, as well as the landscape. While neuroaesthetics has emerged as...
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As one of the basic elements in acoustic events, timbre influences the brain collectively with other factors such as pitch and loudness. Research on timbre perception involve interdisciplinary fields, including physical acoustics, auditory psychology, neurocognitive science and music theory, etc. From the perspectives of psychology and physiology,...
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Here we present the viewpoint that art essentially engages the social brain, by demonstrating how art processing maps onto the social brain connectome—the most comprehensive diagram of the neural dynamics that regulate human social cognition to date. We start with a brief history of the rise of neuroaesthetics as the scientific study of art percept...
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The exploration of the potential relationship between computable low-level texture, such as features extracted from color and texture, and the perceived high-level aesthetic properties, such as warm or cold, soft or hard, has been a hot research topic of neuroaesthetics. First, the selection and clustering of aesthetic antonyms used to represent th...
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The health and well-being impacts of art and aesthetic experiences have been rigorously studied by a range of disciplines, including cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, public health, and translational clinical research. These experiences, encompassed in the concepts of set and setting, have long been claimed to be pivotal in determining the acute...
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Understanding the factors influencing the aesthetic experience of architectures is an important topic in empirical aesthetics. In this study, we examined the effect of three architectural factors, i.e., ceiling height, openness, and contour, on viewers' aesthetic appreciation through a series of experiments. In previous studies on architectural aes...
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Although shape grammar has been researched for nearly 50 years, its potential in architectural design remains far from being exploited. Shape grammar can be used to describe and understand the architectural design language of certain buildings and generate new architectural forms through regular combinations of shapes. The object of this study is t...
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The golden ratio (GR) is an irrational number (close to 1.618) that repeatedly occurs in nature as well as in masterpieces of art. The GR has been considered a proportion perfectly representing beauty since ancient times, and it was investigated in several scientific fields, but with conflicting results. This study aims at investigating if this pro...
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In human-computer interaction, the visual interaction of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) plays an important role in enriching the quality of daily life. The purpose of our study analyzes the use of brain-computer interface (BCI), wearable technology, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to explore the aesthetic processing o...
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Presently, there is a cultural phenomenon whereby technology-enabled dresses are displayed for aesthetic appraisal in museum contexts. The purpose of this study was to conduct an exploratory investigation of the impact that beholding technology-enabled dress sensory cues (i.e. dress, digital music, and coloured LED lights) had on museum vistors’ ne...
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The last decades have seen a proliferation of music and brain studies, with a major focus on plastic changes as the outcome of continuous and prolonged engagement with music. Thanks to the advent of neuroaesthetics, research on music cognition has broadened its scope by considering the multifarious phenomenon of listening in all its forms, includin...
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A great story told by a musician is the basis of the best stage experimentation of the second half of the 20th century. The musician is John Cage, whose work synthesizes the entire system of arts within the extraordinary world of the avant-garde. This great story begins with the experimental artistic activities which were developed in the 1920s, co...
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The objective of this essay is a holistic view of aesthetics, ethics, and neuroaesthetics. After a few introductory case studies, aesthetics is systematically introduced as a philosophical subdiscipline. This perspective is then expanded from aesthetics to neuroaesthetics. Using various art forms as well as current media formats, the aspects of bea...
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When viewing visual artworks, one can feel the suggestive movement from the brushstrokes. This phenomenon has been recorded widely in literature on art theory, and its physiological basis has been found in neuroaesthetic studies, but there is no method to measure its details at present. In this paper, two experiments are designed to measure the vel...
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Architectural modeling often imitate shapes in nature consciously or unconsciously. That is, the order of shapes generated from nature can be applied to architectural modeling. The order of natural shapes is often a source of inspiration for architects. This paper adopts interdisciplinary research methods and combines theoretical knowledge of neuro...
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Cave Art in the Upper Paleolithic presents a boost of creativity and visual thinking. What can explain these savant-like paintings? The normal brain function in modern man rarely supports the creation of highly detailed paintings, particularly the convincing representation of animal movement, without extensive training and access to modern technolo...
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The uses of mobile brain/body imaging (MoBI) are expanding and allow for more direct study of the neurophysiological signals associated with behavior in psychotherapeutic encounters. Neuroaesthetics is concerned with the cognitive and neural basis of art appreciation and scientific correlations are being made in the field that might help to clarify...
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Is it true that we learn better what we like? Current neuroaesthetic and neurocomputational models of aesthetic appreciation postulate the existence of a correlation between aesthetic appreciation and learning. However, even though aesthetic appreciation has been associated with attentional enhancements, systematic evidence demonstrating its influe...
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The aim of this review is to highlight the most relevant contributions on dance in neuroscientific research. Neuroscience has analyzed the mirror system through neuroimaging techniques, testing its role in imitative learning, in the recognition of other people's emotions and especially in the understanding of the motor behavior of others. This revi...
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Neuromarketing, consumer neuroscience and neuroaesthetics are a broad research area of neuroscience with an extensive background in scientific publications. Thus, the present study aims to identify the highly cited papers (HCPs) in this research field, to deliver a summary of the academic work produced during the last decade in this area, and to sh...
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p> Introduction: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is defined as the incomplete development of the left heart structures, including the mitral valve, left ventricle, aortic valve, and aortic arch. The clinical presentation of HLHS depends on the patency of the ductus arteriosus and the degree of restriction of the atrial septum. Common clinica...
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As the basic element of the building, the stairway can not only meet the needs of multi-functional space, but also meet the aesthetic needs of people.Not merely the performance of simple architectural functions, the stairway also has independent thinking and vital architectural elements, which can not only generate language, but also carry the beau...
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It is a translated version of the original Japanese article published in the journal. The author mainly discussed sandplay therapy from the perspectives of neuropsychology and neuroaesthetics.
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Empirical aesthetics has found its way into mainstream cognitive science. Until now, most research has focused either on identifying the internal processes that underlie a perceiver’s aesthetic experience or on identifying the stimulus features that lead to a specific type of aesthetic experience. To progress, empirical aesthetics must integrate th...
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In the paper, the authors elaborate some recently published research concerning the originality of artworks in terms of self-organization in the complex systems physics. It has been demonstrated that the originality issue such conceived leads to the criterion of a substantial aesthetics whose applicability is not restricted to the fine arts domain...
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During the several coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic lockdowns, massive and unprecedented use of music as a medium for social communication emerged. Here, we propose a theoretical discussion about this specific social function of music. A centuries-old philosophical debate, as well as more recent neurocomputational models of neuroaesthet...
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Neuroaesthetics, the science studying the biological underpinnings of aesthetic experience, recently extended its area of investigation to literary art; this was the humus where neurocognitive poetics blossomed. Divina Commedia represents one of the most important, famous and studied poems worldwide. Poetry stimuli are characterized by elements (me...
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Neuroaesthetics and film is a young field in the study of films, it is an interdisciplinary paradigm. Neuroaes-thetics, is a new scientific discipline whose object is to identify and understand the neural processes involved in human art behavior-those processes that underlie both the construction and experience of art. This study is an attempt to m...
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One hundred fifty years ago Darwin published The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex , in which he presented his theory of sexual selection with its emphasis on sexual beauty. However, it was not until 50 y ago that there was a renewed interest in Darwin’s theory in general, and specifically the potency of mate choice. Darwin suggested...
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Are people with flawed faces regarded as having flawed moral characters? An "anomalous-is-bad" stereotype is hypothesized to facilitate negative biases against people with facial anomalies (e.g., scars), but whether and how these biases affect behavior and brain functioning remain open questions. We examined responses to anomalous faces in the brai...
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Background in musicology. This paper sketches the recent disciplinary history of musicology, stressing the shift from a disembodied and detached approach to the musical structure to an approach that takes the human listener as a starting point. It discusses the role of embodied cognition and the role of enactive models for the study of the way how...
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In this chapter, I delve into the role of beauty in the understanding of human behavior, and, to carry this out, I will present some of Huxley’s ideas about science and art relationship. More specifically, I will show that, for Huxley, science is not a matter of simple curiosity or practical interest, but of demanding love. In other words, facing r...
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Public Abstract: https://mw21.museweb.net/proposal/more-than-numbers-how-visitor-engagement-data-can-be-captu red-and-used-to-amplify-your-creativity/ Published Paper: https://mw21.museweb.net/paper/more-than-numbers-how-visitor-engagement-data-can-be-captured-and-used-to-amplify-your-creativity/ Cite as: Stroh, Tim. "More than numbers: how visitor...
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Machine learning is completely changing the trends in the fashion industry. From big to small every brand is using machine learning techniques in order to improve their revenue, increase customers and stay ahead of the trend. People are into fashion and they want to know what looks best and how they can improve their style and elevate their persona...
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Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and William Hirstein are the authors of the concept of a work of art un- derstood as an exaggerated stimulus in the creative process. The aim of art, according to them, is (a) to show the essence of something in a perceptually accessible way, and (b) to evoke a strong reaction from the recipient. Scientists say that the a...
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Many times in our daily life, we buy a product while being impressed by its appearance, believing that it will cover our need, without however further evaluation of its functionality, its safety or its usability. While "experimental aesthetics" is using a scientific approach via observation and skepticism, in order to study the way we perceive art...
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The COVID-19 crisis has had its impact on everybody's well-being and has stretched all of our physical and psychological resources to their capacity. Mind-Body Medicine based and asthetics based therapeutic activities involving contemplation and creativity at their core bringing harmony and balance in the mind and the body that is bound to have har...
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Most previous neuroaesthetics research has been limited to considering the aesthetic judgment of static stimuli, with few studies examining the aesthetic judgment of dynamic stimuli. The present study explored the neural mechanisms underlying aesthetic judgment of dynamic landscapes, and compared the neural mechanisms between the aesthetic judgment...
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The mystery of aesthetics attracts scientists from various research fields. The topic of aesthetics, in combination with other disciplines such as neuroscience and computer science, has brought out the burgeoning fields of neuroaes-thetics and computational aesthetics within less than two decades. Despite profound findings are carried out by experi...
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Examples of brain activity decoders employed in modern passive BCI paradigms: error-aware virtual keyboard, neuroergonomics in software engineering, neuroaesthetics and music listening
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This is a preprint of a chapter that will appear in A. Chatterjee & E. Cardillo (eds.), Brain Beauty, and Art: Essays Bringing Neuroaesthetics into Focus. Oxford University Press. Please do not cite this version.
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This is a preprint of a chapter that will appear in A. Chatterjee & E. Cardillo (eds.), Brain Beauty, and Art: Essays Bringing Neuroaesthetics into Focus. Oxford University Press. Please do not cite this version.
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This is a preprint of a chapter that will appear in A. Chatterjee & E. Cardillo (eds.), Brain Beauty, and Art: Essays Bringing Neuroaesthetics into Focus. Oxford University Press. Please do not cite this version.
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Art and the notion of beauty related thereto are both disciplines and states which are quite unobvious and thereby requiring us to ask the question: Why is it that human beings have in their minds an inherent need to witness the beauty along with — resultant — need to create and receive art? The author of the text — by devising some neurobiological...
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People’s pursuit of aesthetic emotion is rising day by day, they pay attention to the practicality of products with a higher pursuit for the beauty of products. Industrial design takes the product design as core, the artistic decent expression is an indispensable link. The emergence of neuroaesthetics has laid a solid foundation for exploring the c...
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The ability to create and perceive art has long been understood as an exceptional human trait, which should differentiate us from the rest of the organisms or robots. However, with the uprising of cognitive sciences and information stemming from them, as well as the evolutionary biology, even the human being began to be understood as an organism fo...
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Understanding how art makes impressions upon the perceiver has been a fundamental topic of philosophical interest since the time of ancient Greece. However, the extent of artistic perception and aesthetic appreciation has been the topic of empirical studies only recently, following the emergence of psychology as an independent field of science. The...
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This study proposes a novel analysis of Lamentation Over the Dead Christ (c. 1470-1480) by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) and the iconography of mourners. Particularly, it focuses on the role played by the three mourners in enhancing the emotional contagion of the painting. In creating this scene, Mantegna relied on the tradition of the iconography of...
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This article discusses the hypothesis that the perception of disgust and ugliness share a common neurocognitive pattern. To address this hypothesis, I reviewed the literature on the neural correlates of the experience of ugliness and disgust in healthy individuals and in clinical populations affected by alterations of body perception/body represent...
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The aim of the study was to investigate the neural processing of congruent vs. incongruent affective audiovisual information (facial expressions and music) by means of ERPs (Event Related Potentials) recordings. Stimuli were 200 infant faces displaying Happiness, Relaxation, Sadness, Distress and 32 piano musical pieces conveying the same emotional...
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Chapter 1 evaluates the role played by aesthetics in the arts, argues that the shortcomings of neuroaesthetics emerge from conflating aesthetics with art, and introduces an alternative cognitivist model for understanding art. Artworks are communicative devices. They are artifacts designed to direct attention to formal-compositional features diagnos...
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To compose art, artists rely on a set of sensory evaluations performed fluently by the brain. The outcome of these evaluations, which we call neuroaesthetic variables, helps to compose art with high aesthetic value. In this study, we probed whether these variables varied across art periods despite relatively unvaried neural function. We measured se...
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The theoretical conceptualization of artistic ingenuity and creativity, as reflections of the highest-level cognitive functions in the human brain, has recently evolved from a purely philosophical pursuit to a compelling neuroscientific undertaking. Changes in artistic style have been extensively studied in association with brain dysfunction in the...
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During the 18th century, debates about what constituted the sublime flourished in Europe, and particularly in Germany. These debates were nourished by two different visions: The Kantian concept supposed that the sublime is supra-sensible and rooted in reason (Logos) rather than in the object, thus provoking a mental state of tension between nature...
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During the last decade, non-invasive brain stimulation techniques have been increasingly employed in the field of neuroaesthetics research to shed light on the possible causal role of different brain regions contributing to aesthetic appreciation. Here, I review studies that have employed transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial dir...
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Giorgio De Chirico definitely stands out as a peculiar character of the Italian Novecento and his art ties directly with Nietzsche’s philosophy whose eternal questions paved the way to his “immanent metaphysics” which is typified and pervaded by ever-present melancholia brought about by a heightened awareness of the death of God. Grappling with “t...
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Some neuroaestheticians have adopted a strongly reductionistic view of the arts and sought to supplant scholarship about the arts with an understanding of their evolutionary and neuropsychological underpinnings. I use the work of several neuroaestheticians to provide examples of four problematic tendencies that beset this approach: (1) assume that...
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From Kant to current perspectives in neuroaesthetics, the experience of beauty has been described as disinterested, i.e. focusing on the stimulus perceptual features while neglecting self-referred concerns. At a neurophysiological level, some indirect evidence suggests that disinterested aesthetic appreciation might be associated with attentional e...
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Translated version of "What have we learned since Neuroaesthetics?"
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Many scientific disciplines give rise to research published under the moniker of aesthetics. For instance, both psychology and neuroscience have highly active subfields focused on aesthetics research, known as empirical aesthetics and neuroaesthetics. However, it remains unclear what aesthetics is about, and, consequently, if aesthetics research pu...
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Many scientific disciplines give rise to research published under the moniker of aesthetics. For instance, both psychology and neuroscience have highly active subfields focused on aesthetics research, known as empirical aesthetics and neuroaesthetics. However, it remains unclear what aesthetics is about, and, consequently, if aesthetics research pu...
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The field of neuroaesthetics, which allows description of the beauty of fractals, has been considered in this work. The arguments for the concept of selection of the spatial frequencies of fractal images in the brain cortex have been discussed. Special attention has been paid to the stability of the scaling parameter of a fractal and its Fourier tr...
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Preface written for the second edition of the Korean translation of Neuroaesthetics.
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Dance is intrinsically a social art form, and is often performed and experienced in groups. Interaction among the dancers, such as synchronisation, predicted aesthetic appreciation of audience in a live performance. Meanwhile, the human brain processes action from multiple agents differently from the action of a single agent. However, neuroaestheti...
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Aesthetics and Neuroscience: Establishing BridgesResumenEl estudio de las “bases neuronales de la apreciación artística” es un campo disciplinario en rápido crecimiento dentro de las llamadas neurociencias cognitivas. Este nuevo campo epistemológico se conoce popularmente como neuroestética. En este artículo vamos a mostrar que a) los presupuestos...
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Neuroaesthetics is a new and rapidly expanding field of research that is aimed at the intersection of psychological aesthetics, biological mechanisms, and human evolution. Our author, a pioneer in this young and exciting field, tells us how music, art, theater, dance, literature, landscape, and media have the power to help treat any number of disor...
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In the epistemic frame of the biocultural turn and of the neuroaesthetics, we have developed neurohermeneutics as an approach to literature that aims at contributing to the current debate about the linkage between literary, cognitive and neuroscientific studies, focusing on the relationship between mindbrain processes mirrored in the formal feature...