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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 07, 2021

Music, Mind and the Brain: Why Does Art Make Us Cry?

Matthew Pelowski participated as an invited speaker at the lecture series ‘’Music, Mind and the Brain’’ at Goldsmiths University on the 4th of February 2021. His lecture was titled ‘’What can art do? Empirical investigations into the depth, scope, and implications of our shared art experiences’’.

For more content information please visit the blog ‘’Why Does Art Make Us Cry? Evaluating Matthew Pelowski’s exploration into transformative art experiences’’ (Leighton, K., Nevo, H., Qing Mu, S., Oprina, E. & England, A., 29th June 2021):