This is your brain on art. [Review of the book Neuroaesthetics.]

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Paul Silvia, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The marvelous human brain excels at finding patterns, at discerning structure, so we feel surprised or confused when our expectations are violated or unmet: Imagine, if you dare, encountering a Starbucks without a laptop-toting freelancer or a suburban preschool without a kid named Carter. But incongruity is interesting if it stretches our concepts and builds meaningful knowledge, and the edited book Neuroaesthetics is interesting in this way. Brains and art are things that we rarely see together: few neuro studies appear in the psychology-of-art journals, and someone could lurk around the imaging lab for years without running across a dog-eared copy of The Story of Art or Axel’s Castle. Neuroaesthetics is thus an inviting neologism. What does this young field have to say?

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Language: English
Date: 2009
psychology, neuroscience, neuroaesthetics, aesthetics, psychology of art, art

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