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The Artful MindCognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity$
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Mark Turner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306361.001.0001

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The Art of Compression

The Art of Compression

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The Artful Mind

Mark Turner

Oxford University Press

The Power of Images (1989) described some of the recurrent symptoms of emotional responses to paintings and sculptures throughout history. This chapter takes the problem one step further and suggests that one of the tasks of future interdisciplinary work between the neurosciences and the history of art might be to examine the relationship between how pictures look and the emotional responses they evoke. The chapter rejects the notion that such a relationship may be too ragged to plot. The chapter gives some examples—from the history of painting and the history of music—where efforts have been made to connect particular compositions with particular emotional states.

Keywords:   emotional responses, compositions, emotional states, paintings, sculptures, neurosciences, art, history, music

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