308 Pages
    by Routledge

    308 Pages
    by Routledge

    The beginning of psychological aesthetics is normally traced back to the publication of Gustav Theodor Fechner's seminal book "Vorschule der Aesthetik" in 1876. Following in the footsteps of this rich tradition, editors Martin Skov and Oshin Vartanian view neuroaesthetics - the emerging field of inquiry concerned with uncovering the ways in which aesthetic behavior is caused by brain processes - as a natural extension of Fechner's 'empirical spirit' to understand the link between the objective and subjective worlds inherent in aesthetic experience. The editors had two specific aims for this book. The first was to highlight the diversity of approaches that are underway under the banner of neuroaesthetics.Currently, this topic is being investigated from experimental, evolutionary, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging perspectives to tackle problems in the visual arts, literature, music, and film. Its quintessentially interdisciplinary nature has functioned as a breeding ground for generating and testing hypotheses in multiple domains. The second goal was more integrative and involved distilling some of the key features common to these diverse strands of work. The book presents a possible framework for neuroaesthetics by highlighting what the contributors consider to be its defining features and offering a working definition of neuroaesthetics that captures these features. "Neuroaesthetics" will provide an empirical and theoretical framework to motivate further work in this area. Ultimately, the hope is that puzzles in aesthetics can be solved through insights from biology, but that the contribution can be truly bidirectional.

    Introduction: What is Neuroaesthetics?
    Martin Skov and Oshin Vartanian

     Neuroaesthetic Problems: A Framework for Neuroaesthetic Research
    Martin Skov

     Neuroaesthetics and the Psychology of Aesthetics
    Thomas Jacobsen

     The Arts are More than Aesthetics: Neuroaesthetics as Narrow Aesthetics
    Steven Brown and Ellen Dissanayake

     Bio-Aesthetics and the Aesthetic Trajectory: A Dynamic Cognitive and Cultural Perspective
    W. Tecumseh Fitch, Antje von Graevenitz, and Eric Nicolas

     Constraining Hypotheses on the Evolution of Art and Aesthetic Appreciation
    Marcos Nadal, Miquel Capó, Enric Munar, Gisèle Marty, and Camilo José Cela-Conde

     Prospects for a Neuropsychology of Visual Art
    Anjan Chatterjee

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     Brain and Art: Neuro-Clues from Intersection of Disciplines
    Dahlia W. Zaidel

     Allusions to Visual Representation
    Nicholas Wade

    CHAPTER 10
     Musical Sounds in the Human Brain
    Mari Tervaniemi

    CHAPTER 11
     Neuroaesthetics of Literary Reading
    David S. Miall

    CHAPTER 12
     Film Aesthetics and the Embodied Brain
    Torben Grodal

    CHAPTER 13
     Conscious Experience of Pleasure in Art
    Oshin Vartanian

    CHAPTER 14
     The Origins of Aesthetic Pleasure: Processing Fluency and Affect in Judgment, Body, and the Brain
    Troy Chenier and Piotr Winkielman

    Meet the Contributors






    Skov, Martin; Vartanian, Oshin; Martindale, Colin; Berleant, Arnold