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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.
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.

Fingerhut, J. (2020). Habits and the enculturated mind: Pervasive artifacts, predictive processing, and expansive habits. In F. Caruana & I. Testa (Eds.), Habits (1st ed., pp. 352–375). Cambridge University Press.

Fingerhut, J., Gomez-Lavin, J., Winklmayr, C., & Prinz, J. J. (2021). The aesthetic self. The importance of aesthetic taste in music and art for our perceived identity. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 577703. 

Fingerhut J. (2021). Enacting Media. An Embodied Account of Enculturation Between Neuromediality and New Cognitive Media Theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 635993.

Heimann, K., Boelsbjerg, H. B., Allen, C., van Beek, M., Suhr, C., Lübbert, A., & Petitmengin, C. (2022). The lived experience of remembering a ‘good’ interview: Micro-phenomenology applied to itself. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Kühnapfel, C., Fingerhut, J., Brinkmann, H., Ganster, V., Tanaka, T., Specker, E., Mikuni, J., Güldenpfennig, F., Gartus, A., Rosenberg, R., & Pelowski, M. (2022). How do we move in front of art? How does this relate to art experience? Linking movement, eye tracking, emotion, and evaluations in an ecologically-valid gallery setting [Preprint]. PsyArXiv. 

Spee, B. T. M., Sladky, R., Fingerhut, J., Laciny, A., Kraus, C., Carls-Diamante, S., Brücke, C., Pelowski, M., & Treven, M. (2022). Repeating patterns: Predictive processing suggests an aesthetic learning role of the basal ganglia in repetitive stereotyped behaviors. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 930293.

Trupp, M. D., Bignardi, G., Chana, K., Specker, E., & Pelowski, M. (2022). Can a Brief Interaction With Online, Digital Art Improve Wellbeing? A Comparative Study of the Impact of Online Art and Culture Presentations on Mood, State-Anxiety, Subjective Wellbeing, and Loneliness. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 782033. 

Pelowski, M., Specker, E., Boddy, J., Immelmann, B., Haiduk, F., Spezie, G., Ibáñez de Aldecoa, P., Jean-Joseph, H., Leder, H., & Markey, P. S. (2022). Together in the dark?: Investigating the understanding and feeling of intended emotions between viewers and professional artists at the Venice Biennale. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 

Pelowski, M., Spee, B. T. M., Arato, J., Dörflinger, F., Ishizu, T., & Richard, A. (2022). Can we really ‘read’ art to see the changing brain? A review and empirical assessment of clinical case reports and published artworks for systematic evidence of quality and style changes linked to damage or neurodegenerative disease. Physics of Life Reviews, 43, 32–95.

Perez Matos, J. A., Richard, A., Spee, B. T., & Pelowski, M. (2021). Neurodegenerative diseases, art and creativity: Therapeutic implications. Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 11(3), 187–192.