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Feeling BeautyThe Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience$
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G. Gabrielle Starr

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019316

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019316.001.0001

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Introduction: Aesthetics, Neuroaesthetics, and the Sister Arts

Introduction: Aesthetics, Neuroaesthetics, and the Sister Arts

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(p.1) Introduction: Aesthetics, Neuroaesthetics, and the Sister Arts
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Feeling Beauty
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G. Gabrielle Starr

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019316.003.0001

The Introduction talks about how this book came to be written. This book is born of a belief that understanding the neural underpinnings of aesthetic experience—not just the experience of beauty or wonderment, but the other pleasures and displeasures of the arts and the natural world—can reshape our understanding of aesthetics and of the arts. The book asks: to what extent are the pleasures of poetry, painting, music, and the other arts parallel? How do the emotions of aesthetic experience relate to those of the rest of daily life? What role does imagery play across the arts? How do the differences that make us individuals shape aesthetic experience? What do aesthetic experiences say about how we think? What kind of knowledge might aesthetic experience bring? Finally, the Introduction briefly sketches the historical understanding of the connections between and among music, painting, and poetry in a number of areas: their subjects, their methods, the ways in which they move the emotions, the kinds of pleasure.

Keywords:   aesthetic experience, emotions, poetry, painting, music, methods, pleasure

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