Pictures Seen and Feelings Felt (12-29-14)

Recent research provides insights useful to people selecting art.  Via a study that will be published in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, a team led by Anke Karl learned that “Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain’s response to threat. . . .

Feelings About Art (09-18-14)

Research by Newman, Bartels, and Smith sheds light on why we become so attached to artworks.  They learned that “art objects are seen as physical extensions of their creators.” A press release issued by Topics in Cognitive Science, quotes study author Newman: "’One prediction that comes out of this idea is that artwork that seems like it has really had a lot of close physical contact with the artist, i.e., you can see evidence of his or her 'hand,' may be preferred to art where that direct physical connection is less obvious.’”