Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience

Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience

By: Arthur P. Shimamura (editor), Stephen E. Palmer (editor)Hardback

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What do we do when we view a work of art? What does it mean to have an "aesthetic" experience? Are such experiences purely in the eye (and brain) of the beholder? Such questions have entertained philosophers for millennia and psychologists for over a century. More recently, with the advent of functional neuroimaging methods, a handful of ambitious brain scientists have begun to explore the neural correlates of such experiences. The notion of aesthetics is generally linked to the way art evokes an hedonic response-we like it or we don't. Of course, a multitude of factors can influence such judgments, such as personal interest, past experience, prior knowledge, and cultural biases. In this book, philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists were asked to address the nature of aesthetic experiences from their own discipline's perspective. In particular, we asked these scholars to consider whether a multidisciplinary approach, an aesthetic science, could help connect mind, brain, and aesthetics. As such, this book offers an introduction to the way art is perceived, interpreted, and felt and approaches these mindful events from a multidisciplinary perspective.

About Author

Arthur P. Shimamura is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He investigates human memory and cognition using neuroimaging techniques and by studying individuals with memory disorders. Dr. Shimamura is a founding member of the Society for Cognitive Neuroscience, has been a scientific advisor for the San Francisco Exploratorium Science Museum, and received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to explore art, aesthetics and brain. Stephen E. Palmer, is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research and teaching focus is on visual perception, a topic closely related to his color photography. He is the author of Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology, an advanced, interdisciplinary textbook on visual perception. He is currently working on a new book about color: Reversing the Rainbow: Reflections on Color and Consciousness.


Introduction ; 1. Toward a Science of Aesthetics: Ideas and Issues ; Arthur P. Shimamura ; Part I: Philosophical Perspectives ; 2. The Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Psychology, and Neuroscience: Studies in Literature, Visual Arts, and Music ; Noel Carroll, Margaret Moore, & William P. Seeley ; 3. Aesthetic Theory and Aesthetic Science: Prospects for Integration ; Vincent Bergeron and Dominic McIver Lopes ; 4. Triangulating Aesthetic Experience ; Murray Smith ; 5. Art and the Anthropologists ; Gregory Currie ; 6. Aesthetic Science and Artistic Knowledge ; Blake Gopnik ; Part II: Psychological Perspectives ; 7. Empirical Investigation of an Aesthetic Experience with Art ; Paul J. Locher ; 8. Hidden Knowledge in Aesthetic Judgments: Preferences for Colors and Spatial Compositions ; Stephen E. Palmer, Karen B. Schloss, and Jonathan S. Gardner ; 9. Processing Fluency, Aesthetic Pleasure, and Culturally Shared Taste ; Rolf Reber ; 10. Human Emotions and Aesthetic Experience ; Paul J. Silvia ; 11. Artistic Development: The Three Essential Spheres ; Kimberly M. Sheridan and Howard Gardner ; Part III: Neuroscience Perspectives ; 12. Neuroaesthetics: Growing Pains of a New Discipline ; Anjan Chatterjee ; 13. The Modularity of Aesthetic Processing and Perception in the Human Brain: Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Neuroaesthetics ; Ulrich Kirk ; 14. Art Compositions Elicit Distributed Activation in the Human Brain ; Alumit Ishai ; 15. A Cognitive and Behavioral Neurological Approach to Aesthetics ; Zachary A. Miller & Bruce L. Miller ; 16. Neurology of Visual Aesthetics: Indian Nymphs, Modern Art, and Sexy Beaks ; V. S. Ramachandran and Elizabeth Seckel

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  • ISBN13: 9780199732142
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9780199732142
  • weight: 848
  • ISBN10: 0199732140

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