Art*is Logo

*(A)rt and (R)esearch on (T)ransformations of (I)ndividuals and (S)ocieties

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.
October 30, 2021

The Role of Visual Art for Understanding Brain Disorders and Parkinson’s Disease

written by Corinna Kühnapfel

ARTIS member Matthew Pelowski speaks on the role of visual art for understanding brain disorders and Parkinson’s Disease in the lecture series “Musik und Medizin” (Music and Medicine)

Matthew Pelowski participated as a guest speaker at the online lecture series “Musik und Medizin,” which took place on the 28th of October 2021 at 18:00. His lecture was titled “Unlocking the Muse: Epidemiological and Empirical Insights into Why Parkinson’s Disease Might, or Might Not, Lead to Changes in Creativity or Artistic Expressions”. The lecture series was organized by the interuniversity institute Wissenschaft und Kunst in a cooperation with Unversität Mozarteum and Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg and represented an exciting opportunity to meet with a range of stakeholders (students of art, psychology, neuroscience, artists, art therapists, researchers) about a key emerging avenue for the use of art as an answer to societal  challenges—in this case as a way to understand and even address the changing brain and body in relation to aging and disease.

For more information please visit: