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Neuroaesthetics

1st Edition

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

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308 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Neuroaesthetics?

Martin Skov and Oshin Vartanian

CHAPTER 2

Neuroaesthetic Problems: A Framework for Neuroaesthetic Research

Martin Skov

CHAPTER 3

Neuroaesthetics and the Psychology of Aesthetics

Thomas Jacobsen

CHAPTER 4

The Arts are More than Aesthetics: Neuroaesthetics as Narrow Aesthetics

Steven Brown and Ellen Dissanayake

CHAPTER 5

Bio-Aesthetics and the Aesthetic Trajectory: A Dynamic Cognitive and Cultural Perspective

W. Tecumseh Fitch, Antje von Graevenitz, and Eric Nicolas

CHAPTER 6

Constraining Hypotheses on the Evolution of Art and Aesthetic Appreciation

Marcos Nadal, Miquel Capó, Enric Munar, Gisèle Marty, and Camilo José Cela-Conde

CHAPTER 7

Prospects for a Neuropsychology of Visual Art

Anjan Chatterjee

Color Photo Section

CHAPTER 8

Brain and Art: Neuro-Clues from Intersection of Disciplines

Dahlia W. Zaidel

CHAPTER 9

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

Contributors

Index

About the Series

Foundations and Frontiers in Aesthetics Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health