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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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States, people, and contexts: Three psychological challenges for the neuroscience of aesthetics

States, people, and contexts: Three psychological challenges for the neuroscience of aesthetics

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Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain
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Kirill Fayn

Paul J. Silvia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.003.0003

This chapter considers three enduring challenges in psychological aesthetics that neuroaesthetics should confront. One challenge concerns the diversity of aesthetic states: people experience a wide range of emotions, not just pleasure and beauty. Another is the diversity of people: individual differences in aesthetic responses to the same work are wide, and these can be traced differences in openness to experience and expertise in the arts. The final challenge is the diversity of contexts: people experience a wide range of aesthetic objects in a wide range of places, and understanding this diversity requires expanding the field’s typical methods and tools. The chapter reviews what psychological aesthetics has learned about these problems.

Keywords:   aesthetics, emotions, beauty, individual differences, openness to experience, expertise, experience sampling

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