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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.
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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.
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September 25, 2022

ARTIS Research Presentations at VSAC 2022

written by Corinna Kühnapfel

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.

The symposium was titled “How are the arts related to transformations in our everyday life? How can a visual science of art capture this impact? An overview of the ARTIS project.” and was chaired by Eftychia Stamkou (UVA), Matthew Pelowski (UNIVIE) and Joerg Fingerhut (HUB).

The individual presentations were:

Joerg Fingerhut, Matthew Pelowski and Eftychia Stamkou.

  • Art and Transformation: An embodied, enactive theory of the arts and interpretation of recent findings.

Stephanie Miller, Joerg Fingerhut and Matthew Pelowski.

  • What are the shared ways we might respond to art? Network Modeling and Latent Class Analysis of both big and small “arts engagements” in gallery and across multiple facets of everyday life

Corinna Kühnapfel, Joerg Fingerhut and Matthew Pelowski.

  • How do we move in front of art? Capturing, quantifying, and linking movement patterns, eye- tracking, emotion, and evaluations in an ecologically-valid gallery setting

Rohan Dunham, Gerben Van Kleef and Eftychia Stamkou.

  • Artists’ Motives for Creating Art and Their Impact on Social Perceptions and Aesthetic Judgements

Mackenzie Trupp, Giacomo Bignardi, Eva Specker, Ed Vessel and Matthew Pelowski

  • Who Benefits from Art Viewing and How: The role of Pleasure, Meaningfulness, and Trait Aesthetic Responsiveness in Online Computer-based Art Interventions for Well-being

Yagmur Ozbay, Suzanne Oosterwijk and Eftychia Stamkou.

  • Art Engagement on Interpersonal Outcomes: Does visual art facilitate social-cognitive abilities?

Theresa Demmer (UNIVIE) gave a presentation on “Edmund de Belamy and the Art of Transmitting Emotions – Exploring Perception and Emotion Sharing in AI generated Art using fNIRS” as part of the symposium “Neuroaesthetics” on day 3.

The conference was organized by Maarten Wijntjes, Arjan de Koomen, Nim Goede, Catelijne van Middelkoop, Yuguang Zhao, Jeroen Stumpel, Cehao Yu, Margit Lukacs, Mitchell van Zuijlen, David Tiemstra, Rob van Lier. For more information, please visit: https://vsac2022.tudelft.nl/

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