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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.
February 23, 2022

Art and Wellbeing

written by Corinna Kühnapfel

ARTIS UniVie PhD student MacKenzie Trupp gave a presentation on the VDS CoBeNe (Vienna Doctoral School of Cognition Behavior and Neuroscience) PhD Academy (Feb 3-4, 2022) at the University of Vienna. The tile of the presentation was “Who can benefit from Online Art, and How? Aesthetic Responsiveness and the Mediating Role of Pleasure and Meaningful Experiences in Online Art Interventions”.


When experienced in-person, engagement with art has been associated—in a growing body of evidence—with positive outcomes in wellbeing and mental health. Today, on the other hand, art viewing,
cultural engagement, and even ‘trips’ to art museums can take place in several modalities via internet-
enabled computers, smartphones, and even virtual reality. In a recent study (Trupp et al, 2021), our author team presented some of the first evidence that online art interventions, using an interactive art
exhibition from Google Arts and Culture featuring waterlily paintings from Monet delivered through the internet, viewed in individuals’ homes, could lead to wellbeing impacts. In the present project, we replicated our past findings, confirming the potential for art online to be a tool to support wellbeing by improving levels of negative mood and anxiety, while providing stronger evidence through a more rigorous design and pre-registered analysis plan. Second, we find trait level aesthetic responsiveness to be a predictor of wellbeing effects, whereas those who are more responsive to art, poetry, and music can benefit more from this online art intervention. Lastly, this effect is mediated by subjective experiences factors; pleasure and meaningfulness. We further discuss the importance of the participants’ experience during art interventions and the differential influence of each subjective experience factor on each wellbeing

Pease find more information about the conference here and the conference program here.