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. . . .
Successfully adding public art to a space is challenging
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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.’”
Our response to artwork depends on where it’s displayed.
Not surprisingly, contexts, social and physical, influence how art is judged.
Hospital Art Collections (05-12-14)
Looking at particular colors, patterns, etc., aids development.
When we are exposed to cues that make us think about being warm, we’re more apt to behave impulsively, whether we actually feel warm or not.
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