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Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain$
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Joseph P. Huston, Marcos Nadal, Francisco Mora, Luigi F. Agnati, and Camilo José Cela Conde

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.001.0001

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Art and Brain Co-Evolution

Art and Brain Co-Evolution

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(p.408) Chapter 21 Art and Brain Co-Evolution
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Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain
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Camilo J. Cela-Conde

Francisco Ayala

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.003.0021

The capacity for appreciating aesthetic qualities in objects, movements, and sounds seems to be a human universal. The capacity for producing aesthetic items is also universal. However, appreciating aesthetic attributes goes beyond producing them. “Artists” make up a small fraction of human groups; “spectators” are numerous. Moreover, it is possible to appreciate aesthetic qualities in natural objects and events with no author. Neither fossil, nor archaeological records contain evidences enough to ascertain the appearance of competence for appreciating beauty. However, producing beauty seems less elusive, though its origin is also difficult to establish. In a previous work, early evidences of decorative, artistic or symbolic objects have been examined. This chapter is interested in the coevolution of art and the brain, so provides a change in focus, searching for items of proof of mental correlates that might speak in favor of a capacity for appreciating beauty.

Keywords:   brain, network, art, beauty, perception, evolution

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