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Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience

G. Gabrielle Starr


This book argues that understanding the neural underpinnings of aesthetic experience can reshape our conceptions of aesthetics and the arts. Drawing on the tools of both cognitive neuroscience and traditional humanist inquiry, the book shows that neuroaesthetics offers a new model for understanding the dynamic and changing features of aesthetic life, the relationships among the arts, and how individual differences in aesthetic judgment shape the varieties of aesthetic experience. The book proposes that aesthetic experience relies on a distributed neural architecture—a set of brain areas involv ... More

Keywords: aesthetic experience, arts, neural architecture, perception, sister arts, poetry, music, painting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019316
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. Gabrielle Starr, author