Experiencing Art: Explorations in Aesthetics, Mind, and Brain

Hardcover | June 26, 2013

byArthur Shimamura

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How do we appreciate a work of art? Why do we like some artworks but not others? Is there no accounting for taste? Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to explore connections between art, mind, and brain, Shimamura considers how we experience art. In a thoughtful and entertaining manner, the bookexplores how the brain interprets art by engaging our sensations, thoughts, and emotions. It describes interesting findings from psychological and brain sciences as a way to understand our aesthetic response to art. Beauty, disgust, surprise, anger, sadness, horror, and a myriad of other emotions can occur as we experience art. Some artworks may generate such feelings rather quickly, while others depend on thought and knowledge. Our response to art depends largely on what we know - from everyday knowledge aboutthe world, from our cultural backgrounds, and from personal experience. Filled with artworks from many traditions and time points, "Experiencing Art" offers insightful ways of broadening one's approach and appreciation of art.

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How do we appreciate a work of art? Why do we like some artworks but not others? Is there no accounting for taste? Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to explore connections between art, mind, and brain, Shimamura considers how we experience art. In a thoughtful and entertaining manner, the bookexplores how the brain interprets art by enga...

Arthur P. Shimamura is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He investigates human memory and cognition using neuroimaging techniques and 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 Franci...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:June 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199936935

ISBN - 13:9780199936939

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Table of Contents

1. OvertureAct I: The Art of Seeing2. The Eye as Canvas, the Brain as Beholder3. The Illusion of Form4. Making a SceneAct II: The Art of Knowing5. How Do You Know?6. Remberance of Past Things7. You Are CulturedAct III: The Art of Feeling8. Arousing Emotions9. Body Language10. I Know How You Feel11. Coda