Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain

Hardcover | July 25, 2015

EditorJoseph P. Huston, Marcos Nadal, Francisco Mora

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Humans have engaged in artistic and aesthetic activities since the appearance of our species. Our ancestors have decorated their bodies, tools, and utensils for over 100,000 years. The expression of meaning using color, line, sound, rhythm, or movement, among other means, constitutes afundamental aspect of our species' biological and cultural heritage. Art and aesthetics, therefore, contribute to our species identity and distinguish it from its living and extinct relatives. Science is faced with the challenge of explaining the natural foundations of such a unique trait, and the way cultural processes nurture it into magnificent expressions, historically and ethnically unique. How does the human brain bring about these sorts of behaviors? What neural processes underliethe appreciation of painting, music, and dance? How does training modulate these processes? How are they impaired by brain lesions and neurodegenerative diseases? How did such neural underpinnings evolve? Are humans the only species capable of aesthetic appreciation, or are other species endowedwith the rudiments of this capacity? This volume brings together the work on such questions by leading experts in genetics, psychology, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, art history, and philosophy. It sets the stage for a cognitive neuroscience of art and aesthetics, understood in the broadest possible terms. With sections on visual art,dance, music, neuropsychology, and evolution, the breadth of this volume's scope reflects the richness and variety of topics and methods currently used today by scientists to understand the way our brain endows us with the faculty to produce and appreciate art and aesthetics.

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Humans have engaged in artistic and aesthetic activities since the appearance of our species. Our ancestors have decorated their bodies, tools, and utensils for over 100,000 years. The expression of meaning using color, line, sound, rhythm, or movement, among other means, constitutes afundamental aspect of our species' biological and c...

Joseph P. Huston is Professor of Physiological Psychology at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany. He obtained his PhD in Experimental Psychology at Tufts University, Boston. Was National Academy of Sciences - Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences exchange scientist at the Institute of Physiology in Prague, then at the Institute of Pharma...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.25 inPublished:July 25, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section One: Foundational Issues1. Francisco Mora: Neuroculture: A new cultural revolution?2. William P. Seeley: Art, meaning, and aesthetics: the case for a cognitive neuroscience of art3. Kirill Fayn and Paul J. Silvia: States, People, and Contexts: Three Psychological Challenges for the Neuroscience of Aesthetics4. Helmut Leder, Gernot Gerger and David Brieber: Aesthetic appreciation - convergence from experimental aesthetics and physiology5. Christoph Klein and Raphael Rosenberg: The Moving Eye of the Beholder. Eye-Tracking and the Perception of PaintingsSection Two: Cognitive Neuroscience of Visual Aesthetics and Art6. Spas Getov and Joel S. Winston: Neural Mechanisms for Evaluating the Attractiveness of Faces7. Robert Pepperell and Alumit Ishai: Indeterminate Art Works and the Human Brain8. Ulrich Kirk and David Freedberg: Contextual bias and insulation against bias during esthetic rating: the implication of VMPFC and DLPFC in neural valuation9. Oshin Vartanian: Neuroimaging Studies of Making Aesthetic ProductsSection Three: Cognitive Neuroscience of Dance10. Emily S. Cross: Beautiful embodiment: The shaping of aesthetic preference by personal experience11. Beatriz Calvo-Merino: Sensorimotor aesthetics: Neural correlates of aesthetic perception of dance12. Julia F. Christensen and Corinne Jola: Towards ecological validity in empirical aesthetics of danceSection Four: Cognitive Neuroscience of Music13. Kathleen A. Corrigall and E. Glenn Schellenberg: Liking music: Genres, contextual factors, and individual differences14. Moritz Lehne and Stefan Koelsch: Tension-resolution patterns as a key element of aesthetic experience: psychological principles and underlying brain mechanisms15. Elvira Brattico: From Pleasure to Liking and Back: Bottom-up and Top-down Neural Routes to the Aesthetic Enjoyment of Music16. Marcus T. Pearce: Effects of expertise on the cognitive and neural processes involved in musical appreciationSection Five: Neuropsychology of Art and Aesthetics17. Anjan Chatterjee: The Neuropsychology of Visual Art18. Indre Viskontas and Suzee Lee: The Creation of Art in the Setting of Dementia19. Dahlia W. Zaidel: Hemispheric Specialization, Art, and AestheticsSection Six: The Evolution of Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain20. Gesche Westphal-Fitch and W. Tecumseh Fitch: Towards a comparative approach to empirical aesthetics21. Camilo J. Cela-Conde and Francisco Ayala: Art and Brain Coevolution22. Luigi F. Agnati, Diego Guidolin, and Kjell Fuxe: Art as a human "instinct-like"behaviour emerging from the exaptation of the communication processesSection Seven: Integrative Approaches23. Edmund T. Rolls: Neurobiological foundations of art and aesthetics24. Alexander J. Huston and Joseph P. Huston: Aesthetic evaluation of art: a formal approach25. Barbara G. Goodrich: Tempos of Eternity: Music, Volition, and Playing with Time