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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. 
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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 18, 2021

ARTIS member Matthew Pelowski spoke on the power of Rothko and tear-inducing art for Auction at Phillips

written by Corinna Kühnapfel

‘It seems to be describing a rather transformative experience, something self-changing, insightful, where you are forced back into yourself.’ – Matthew Pelowski

Matthew Pelowski spoke at Phillips auction about the power of Rothko and tear-inducing art. For more content information please visit ‘’The Rothko Effect: Why Does art Move Us? The emotive, religious aura associated with Mark Rothko has been documented for decades—but what is actually happening to us when we are moved by a work of art?’’ (Bochicchio, S., July, 2021): https://www.phillips.com/article/72737375/the-rothko-effect-why-does-art-move-us-twentieth-century-contemporary-art-london.

Mark Rothko, Untitled [Blue, Green, and Brown], 1952 (alternatively dated to 1951), Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia
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