Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience by Arthur P. ShimamuraAesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience by Arthur P. Shimamura

Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience

EditorArthur P. Shimamura, Stephen E. Palmer

Paperback | October 30, 2013

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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 offunctional 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. Assuch, this book offers an introduction to the way art is perceived, interpreted, and felt and approaches these mindful events from a multidisciplinary perspective.
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 Fra...
Title:Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and ExperienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Arthur P. Shimamura: Toward a Science of Aesthetics: Ideas and IssuesPart I: Philosophical Perspectives2. Noel Carroll, Margaret Moore, and William P. Seeley: The Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Psychology, and Neuroscience: Studies in Literature, Visual Arts, and Music3. Vincent Bergeron and Dominic McIver Lopes: Aesthetic Theory and Aesthetic Science: Prospects for Integration4. Murray Smith: Triangulating Aesthetic Experience5. Gregory Currie: Art and Anthropologists6. Blake Gopnik: Aesthetic Science and Artistic KnowledgePart II: Psychological Perspectives7. Paul J. Locher: Empirical Investigation of an Aesthetic Experience with Art8. Stephen E. Palmer, Karen B. Schloss, and Jonathan S. Gardner: Hidden Knowledge in Aesthetic Judgments: Preferences for Colors and Spatial Compositions9. Rolf Reber: Processing Fluency, Aesthetic Pleasure, and Culturally Shared Taste10. Paul J. Silvia: Human Emotions and Aesthetic Experience11. Kimberly M. Sheridan and Howard Gardner: Artistic Development: The Three Essential SpheresPart III: Neuroscience Perspectives12. Anjan Chatterjee: Neuroaesthetics: Growing Pains of a New Discipline13. Ulrich Kirk: The Modularity of Aesthetic Processing and Perception in the Human Brain: Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Neuroaesthetics14. Alumit Ishai: Art Compositions Elicit Distributed Activation in the Human Brain15. Zachary A. Miller and Bruce L. Miller: A Cognitive and Behavioral Neurological Approach to Aesthetics16. V. S. Ramachandran and Elizabeth Seckel: Neurology of Visual Aesthetics: Indian Nymphs, Modern Art, and Sexy Beaks