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.’”

Where Art is Displayed (06-13-14)

Our response to artwork depends on where it’s displayed.  Brieber and his team have learned, for example, that people are more tolerant of art whose message is ambiguous when it is located in museums than when it is placed in other settings.  Details: “The experience of art emerges from the interaction of various cognitive and affective processes. . . . Two groups of participants viewed an art exhibition in one of two contexts: one in the museum, the other in the laboratory. . . .