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The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Aesthetics and the Arts

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Jeffrey K. Smith, Pablo P. L. Tinio, Oshin Vartanian, William P. Seeley, Gerald C. Cupchik, Aaron Kozbelt, James C. Kaufman, Helmut Leder, Pavel Machotka, Marcos Nadal, Gerardo Gómez-Puerto, Lisa F. Smith, Paul J. Locher, I. C. McManus, Katharina Stöver, Paul Hekkert, Stefan Koelsch, Thalia R. Goldstein, Rebecca Yasskin, Swathi Swaminathan, E. Glenn Schellenberg, Andréa Livi Smith, Gernot Gerger, David Carr, Anjan Chatterjee, Stefano Mastandrea, Emily C. Nusbaum, Paul J. Silvia, Viren Swami, Adrian Furnham, David Bell
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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108402675

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  • The psychology of aesthetics and the arts is dedicated to the study of our experiences of the visual arts, music, literature, film, performances, architecture and design; our experiences of beauty and ugliness; our preferences and dislikes; and our everyday perceptions of things in our world. The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Aesthetics and the Arts is a foundational volume presenting an overview of the key concepts and theories of the discipline where readers can learn about the questions that are being asked and become acquainted with the perspectives and methodologies used to address them. The psychology of aesthetics and the arts is one of the oldest areas of psychology but it is also one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas. This is a comprehensive and authoritative handbook featuring essays from some of the most respected scholars in the field.

    • Presents a diverse set of articles by outstanding international scholars covering a wide range of topics on the psychology of aesthetics and the arts
    • Showcases the wide range of classical and cutting-edge methodologies used to answer questions related to arts and aesthetics, showing readers how aesthetic experiences, which are usually considered to be complex and personal, can be successfully examined scientifically
    • Readers will learn about people's experiences of paintings, literature, poetry, music, movies and performances; about experiences of beauty and ugliness; about preferences and dislikes; and about perceptions of things in the world such as design objects, consumer products and people
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    'This book is a significant contribution to furthering our understanding about the importance and value of aesthetics within different art forms and contexts. It has cross-disciplinary appeal and helps to promote both theoretical development and applied research, while opening the study of aesthetics to a broader audience.' Paul M. Camic, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent

    'This volume is impressive in both its breadth and depth. I work in this area, yet I learned something from each and every chapter about the psychology of aesthetics and art, and - perhaps more importantly - how aesthetics and art contribute to the human condition. This book will be kept on my desk so I can have easy access to it!' Jonathan Plucker, Raymond Neag Professor of Education, University of Connecticut

    'This volume brings together important scholarship and groundbreaking methodological approaches for understanding the fundamental question of how and why art moves us. Although an individual's experience of art is inherently subjective, these collected essays draw on research in psychology and aesthetics to bring new insights to a topic that historically many scholars in the field had considered too indefinable to analyze or quantify.' Kathryn Potts, Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education, Whitney Museum of American Art

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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108402675
    • length: 646 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Concepts, Theories and Methods:
    1. Introduction by the editors Jeffrey K. Smith and Pablo P. L. Tinio
    2. Empirical aesthetics: hindsight and foresight Oshin Vartanian
    3. Philosophy of art and empirical aesthetics: resistance and rapprochement William P. Seeley
    4. Theoretical foundations for an empirical aesthetics Gerald C. Cupchik
    5. Aesthetics assessment Aaron Kozbelt and James C. Kaufman
    Part II. Perspectives and Approaches to Art and Aesthetics:
    6. Beyond perception: information processing approaches to art appreciation Helmut Leder
    7. Psychodynamics and the arts Pavel Machotka
    8. Evolutionary approaches to art and aesthetics Marcos Nadal and Gerardo Gómez-Puerto
    9. The walls do speak: psychological aesthetics and the museum experience Pablo P. L. Tinio, Jeffrey K. Smith and Lisa F. Smith
    Part III. Objects and Media:
    10. Empirical investigation of the elements of composition in paintings: a painting as stimulus Paul J. Locher
    11. 'Mute, motionless, variegated rectangles': aesthetics and photography I. C. McManus and Katharina Stöver
    12. Aesthetic responses to design: a battle of impulses Paul Hekkert
    13. From music perception to an integrative framework for the psychology of aesthetics Stefan Koelsch
    14. Theater and dance: another pathway to understanding human nature Thalia R. Goldstein and Rebecca Yasskin
    15. Arts education, academic achievement and cognitive ability Swathi Swaminathan and E. Glenn Schellenberg
    16. Aesthetics and the built environment: no painting or musical piece can compare Andréa Livi Smith
    17. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of all? Influencing factors and effects of facial attractiveness Gernot Gerger and Helmut Leder
    18. An aesthetics of literary fiction David Carr
    Part IV. Contemporary Issues and Debates:
    19. Neuroaesthetics: descriptive and experimental approaches Anjan Chatterjee
    20. How emotions shape aesthetic experiences Stefano Mastandrea
    21. Unusual aesthetic states Emily C. Nusbaum and Paul J. Silvia
    22. Personality and aesthetic experiences Viren Swami and Adrian Furnham
    23. Hokusai and Fuji: cognition, convention and pictorial invention in Japanese pictorial arts David Bell
    Part V. Pulling it All Together:
    24. And all that jazz: rigour and relevance in the psychology of aesthetics and the arts Pablo P. L. Tinio and Jeffrey K. Smith.

  • Editors

    Pablo P. L. Tinio, Montclair State University, New Jersey
    Pablo P. L. Tinio is Associate Professor at Montclair State University, New Jersey.

    Jeffrey K. Smith, University of Otago, New Zealand
    Jeffrey K. Smith is Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

    Contributors

    Jeffrey K. Smith, Pablo P. L. Tinio, Oshin Vartanian, William P. Seeley, Gerald C. Cupchik, Aaron Kozbelt, James C. Kaufman, Helmut Leder, Pavel Machotka, Marcos Nadal, Gerardo Gómez-Puerto, Lisa F. Smith, Paul J. Locher, I. C. McManus, Katharina Stöver, Paul Hekkert, Stefan Koelsch, Thalia R. Goldstein, Rebecca Yasskin, Swathi Swaminathan, E. Glenn Schellenberg, Andréa Livi Smith, Gernot Gerger, David Carr, Anjan Chatterjee, Stefano Mastandrea, Emily C. Nusbaum, Paul J. Silvia, Viren Swami, Adrian Furnham, David Bell

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