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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 08, 2022

Interview: Investigating Art Experience

“Chills, awe, satisfaction or even a changing worldview – artwork can provoke strong reactions. In a recent EU project, Matthew Pelowski from the University of Vienna conducts empirical experiments in several European museums. His goal: Shedding light on the psychological aspects of our fascination with art.”

Our Austrian ARTIS members (Matthew Pelowski) recently gave an interview to the University of Vienna media portal on the topic of “Investigating Art Experience” and showcasing some of the new studies to come out of the ARTIS program. For more info on how we have been trying to conduct studies of art experiences in the wild while following Covid protocols and if even short encounters with online art can make us feel less lonely, anxious, and improve our mood, find the full interview here: