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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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written by Olivia Maegaard Nielsen

ARTIS members will discuss mental health and policy making in the upcoming workshop and panel discussion in Martin Gropius Bau. 

Until the 15th of January next year, Berliners and visitors can experience 25 different artists’ and collectives’ perspectives on interspecies kinship, health, land distribution and decoloniality in Gropius Bau’s exhibition, YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal. A part of the exhibition is a workshop, followed by a panel discussion, under the common headline Berlin Conversations on Mental Health. Together with other researchers, museum visitors, and neighborhood initiatives, ARTIS members Mazda Adli (Charité, IFNU), Joerg Fingerhut (HUB) and Sarah Hegenbart (UOXF) will discuss the question: How can neighborhoods enable good social togetherness in the city? 

The Resonance Room in Gropius Bau, 2022, Photo: Laura Fiori

The outcome of the 2-hour workshop will be used in the following panel discussion, where political and cultural figures of Berlin will join the conversation with an aim of understanding what transformative policies Berlin neighborhoods need and which role art and cultural institutions ought to play in these. 

Both events will take place on 15.10.2022, the workshop from 14:00-16:00 and the panel discussion from 18:00-19:30. Both are open to the public and for free.
The link to the workshop registration can be found here.
The link to the panel discussion registration can be found here.
More information about this and other events and exhibitions can be found here.

Videostill from the exhibition YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal, 2021, Photo: Tabita Rezaire & Amakaba
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