Neuro-aesthetics: Beauty Is in the Brain of the Beholder

There are few things more personal than one’s aesthetic taste. When you really connect to a piece of art or music, it touches something deep inside. It moves you in a way that often escapes words. But what’s going on in your brain when you are moved like this? This question is explored in the recently-published paper,  Art reaches within: aesthetic experience, the self and the default mode network.  The study, undertaken by researchers from NYU and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.  The burgeoning field of  neuro-aesthetics attempts to address the mysteries of the human preoccupation with art by studying the underlying brain mechanisms. And,while understanding the artistic creative process itself is certainly a formidable challenge, many of the open questions concern the response to works of art by their viewers, listeners, and readers. What makes us so drawn to certain artistic creations, so influenced and moved by them? In recent years,we have learned a considerable amount from brain imaging studies about the neural correlates of aesthetic experience and how they relate to sensory, reward,and emotion neural processes.


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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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