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Motion, emotion and empathy in esthetic experience

David Freedberg; Vittorio Gallese

Title:
Motion, emotion and empathy in esthetic experience
Author(s):
Freedberg, David
Gallese, Vittorio
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Art History and Archaeology
Volume:
11
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Book/Journal Title:
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Abstract:
The implications of the discovery of mirroring mechanisms and embodied simulation for empathetic responses to images in general, and to works of visual art in particular, have not yet been assessed. Here, we address this issue and we challenge the primacy of cognition in responses to art. We propose that a crucial element of esthetic response consists of the activation of embodied mechanisms encompassing the simulation of actions, emotions and corporeal sensation, and that these mechanisms are universal. This basic level of reaction to images is essential to understanding the effectiveness both of everyday images and of works of art. Historical, cultural and other contextual factors do not preclude the importance of considering the neural processes that arise in the empathetic understanding of visual artworks.
Subject(s):
Arts
Art
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2007.02.003
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David Freedberg, Vittorio Gallese, , Motion, emotion and empathy in esthetic experience, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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