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November 30, 2022

ARTIS Workshop in Vienna

ARTIS members met for the second big ARTIS research workshop, this time in Vienna. 
October 27, 2022

Can art that evokes awe make children behave more prosocially towards others?

Awe is a mystical emotion that people often feel in response to impactful works of art. An interesting and well-documented evolutionary function of awe is that it fosters social bonding and elicits strong feelings of interconnectedness when people experience it. Across two studies, a team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam and University of California Berkeley, led by Eftychia Stamkou, set out to examine the social effects of awe in children, by investigating how this emotion influenced their behavior towards refugees. Findings showed that children who experienced awe when exposed to art were more likely to engage in voluntary behavior that benefited refugees, as compared to children who were led to experience other emotions. In other words, art that induced awe sparked prosociality in children.
September 25, 2022

ARTIS Research Presentations at VSAC 2022

ARTIS members participated as symposium moderators and presenters at the Visual Science of Art Conference (Amsterdam), which took place online from the 24st until the 27st of August 2022.
January 07, 2022

What makes Aesthetic Experiences Unique or Universal?

written by Corinna Kühnapfel

ARTIS member Matthew Pelowski (UNIVIE) spoke as an Invited Panelist about what makes aesthetic experiences unique or universal at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Matthew Pelowski participated in the invited panel ‘’towards comparative aesthetics’’ as part of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (Vienna) which took place virtually from the 26th until the 29th of July 2021. His lecture was titled ‘’Moving, mundane, beautiful, troubling, enlightening, sublime – Network Modeling and Latent class analyses of what makes aesthetic experiences unique or universal for humans… and beyond?’’ Sponsors include, The Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation, Duolingo and the European Office of IBM Watson AI Lab. For more information please visit: