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ERIC Number: EJ835665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Viewing Artworks: Contributions of Cognitive Control and Perceptual Facilitation to Aesthetic Experience
Cupchik, Gerald C.; Vartanian, Oshin; Crawley, Adrian; Mikulis, David J.
Brain and Cognition, v70 n1 p84-91 Jun 2009
When we view visual images in everyday life, our perception is oriented toward object identification. In contrast, when viewing visual images "as artworks", we also tend to experience subjective reactions to their stylistic and structural properties. This experiment sought to determine how cognitive control and perceptual facilitation contribute to aesthetic perception along with the experience of emotion. Using functional MRI, we show that aesthetic perception activated bilateral insula which we attribute to the experience of emotion. Moreover, while adopting the aesthetic orientation activated the left lateral prefrontal cortex, paintings that facilitated visuospatial exploration activated the left superior parietal lobule. The results suggest that aesthetic experience is a function of the interaction between top-down orienting of attention and bottom-up perceptual facilitation. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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