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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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Specific Department: Department of Psychology

Main individuals carrying out task
(1) Prof. Dr. Manos Tsakiris, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London

Prof. Dr. Manos Tsakiris

Prof. Tsakiris joined Royal Holloway in 2007 as a lecturer. By that time, his research on embodied cognition was already having an impact in the field. Soon after his appointment, he secured major funding from ESRC (2009-12) and ERC (2011-2016) and was promoted to professor in 2013. These innovative projects and the Lab of Action & Body (LAB) that he formed and led at RHUL shaped the contemporary psychological and neuroscientific understanding of body-awareness and self-identity in three key ways: (1) they developed a novel, comprehensive and empirically testable neurocognitive model of body-awareness (Tsakiris, 2010; 404 citations, the most cited review paper in the body-ownership literature). (2) They showed for the first time how multisensory information changes the mental representation of one’s identity (e.g. Tsakiris, 2008, 145 citations) and how changes in body representations result in measurable changes in social cognition such as changes in implicit biases (Maister et al., 2013; for a review see Maister, Slater, Sanchez-Vives & Tsakiris, 2015; ERC Starting Grant). (3) They showed for the first time how signals from within the body (i.e. interoceptive) and from the outside (i.e. exteroceptive) are dynamically integrated in self-awareness (e.g. Tsakiris et al., 2011, 193 citations). This novel direction motivated several new lines of research in his and other labs in a research area that has seen a 10-fold increase in publications over the last few years and with important implications for clinical psychology and psychiatry (e.g. body-image, anxiety), developmental psychology (e.g. emotion regulation), cognitive psychology (e.g. decision-making) and technological translation (e.g. wearable technology). With substantial funding from a recently awarded ERC Consolidator Grant (2017-2022), he now has the opportunity to consolidate the frontiers research on the interoceptive basis of cognition.

His research is highly interdisciplinary and uses a wide range of methods to investigate the neurocognitive mechanisms that shape the experience of embodiment and self-identity. He is the recipient of the Young Mind and Brain Prize in 2014 and the 22nd Experimental Psychology Society Prize in 2015. Since 2016, he is leading the interdisciplinary Body & Image in Arts & Science (BIAS) project at the Warburg Institute, and since 2017 the INtheSELF ERC Consolidator project at Royal Holloway. In 2016, thanks to the inaugural NOMIS Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award, Tsakiris developed an interdisciplinary project on secondment at the Warburg Institute. The ‘Body & Image in Arts & Science’ (BIAS, 2016-19) project capitalized on his expertise on embodiment to pave new ways in which we can study, across disciplines, how we (bodily) relate and respond to other humans in a culture powered by images

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