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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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written by Corinna Kühnapfel

ARTIS team members at University of Vienna (Pelowski) just received funding from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for an exciting new consortium project on the intersection of artistic creativity, visual art making and Parkinson’s Disease. The project (“Unlocking the Muse: Transdisciplinary approaches to understanding and applying the intersection of artistic creativity and Parkinson’s disease”), under the first-of-its-kind #ConnectingMinds initiative brings together psychologists, neuroscientists, medical doctors, societal partners, and art therapists from Austria and the Netherlands. It will uniquely combine an unprecedented new perspective on patient-centered, individualized interventions for Parkinson’s with innovative data collection, cross-modal assessment, and neurostimulation methods designed to bring new understanding to brain function in Parkinson’s disease and to one of the most complex human behaviors: the human capacity for artistic creativity. This will also provide an exciting extension for the ARTIS program to connect with stakeholders in art therapy and medicine and extending the discussion on art’s societal impact to the body and brain! See here for the press release: m.fwf.ac.at/de/news-presse/news/nachricht/nid/20211007-2693

Exploring the role of artistic creativity in dealing with Parkinson’s (from left to right): Julia Crone and Matthew Pelowski (University of Vienna), and joined via video conference: Bastiaan Bloem (ParkinsonNet), Ellis Schoonhoven (De Nieuwe Creatieven) and Blanca Spee (University of Vienna). © FWF/Arne Sytelä
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