Neuroesthetics is a field within cognitive neuroscience investigating the neural underpinnings of esthetic experience, particularly in visual arts. Neuroscience has investigated this area using brain imaging and neurophysiological techniques. The evidence produced so far, its heterogeneity notwithstanding, shows that esthetic experience of artworks is characterized by activation of sensory-motor areas, core emotional centers, and reward-related centers. In this article we discuss the functional relevance of these activations. Capitalizing upon the fundamental role of empathy in visual art appreciation, we propose an embodied theory of esthetic experience that emphasizes the role of motor and emotional embodied simulation mechanisms in the beholder.
|Titolo:||Neuroesthetics: The Body in Esthetic Experience|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Contributo in volume(Capitolo di libro)|