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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.

written by Eftychia Stamkou

Eftychia Stamkou is setting up new project on the emotions portrayed in visual art in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture (, Hume AI (, and UC Berkeley Psychology! For more updates on this – stay tuned!

A previous project together with Google Arts and Culture and Hume AI was the Atlas of Emotion. In this project, the scientists asked 1,300 people to describe how 1,500 paintings make them feel by choosing from different words. The results revealed 25 different emotions that people linked to the artworks they saw. These feelings on an interactive map, grouping artworks that triggered specific emotions. Click this link to enter the Art Emotions Map.

Emotional categories associated with artworks