What is neuroaesthetics?

Neuroesthetics is an attempt to combine neurological research with aesthetics by investigating the experience of beauty and appreciation of art on the level of brain functions and mental states. This recently developed field seeks the neural correlates of artistic judgement and artistic creation. This new area of study, includes the neural mechanisms of perception, the interpretation of what we “see” and what we experience as awe-inspiring (in the sense of admire, enjoy, respect, appreciate). The evidence produced by scientific studies so far, its heterogeneity notwithstanding, shows that aesthetic experience of artworks is characterized by activation of sensory–motor areas, core emotional centers, and reward-related centers.

Heat Maps during a virtual visit to the Sistine Chapel

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