Describe How Art Appreciation Might Be Embodied

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Freidberg and Gellese (2007) Propose that...
a critical element of aesthetic response consists of the activation of embodied mechanisms, and that these mechanisms are universal. This basic level of reaction to images is essential to understanding the effectiveness of everyday images and art.
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Embodied cognition=
Your body and the way you use it changes the way you think, body language. Mind and body are connected.
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Kubovy (1999) said that
pleasures of the mind and body are distinct from one another.
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Embodied Cognition
What your body is doing makes a difference to what you're thinking, body language.
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Embodied Stimulation and Implied Gesture: Feeling the Movement Behind the Mark
Starry Night (1889) Van Gogh: Seeing the evidence of an artists brush strokes generates empathy and promotes liking. Feel like in his presence by seeing the action of the painting, sense of belonging and can empathise with artist.
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Embodied Stimulation in Aesthetic Experience: Emotion and Sensation
Judith Beheading Holofernes (1598-99) Caravaggio: Painted the action, very hard to do. Related to mirror neurons. Can see the strong arms applying force around the neck. Shadows and highlights show tension in arms. Posture of body positioned away and
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Embodied Stimulation in Aesthetic Experience: Emotion and Sensation
distant; deed that had to be done. Can imagine doing so yourself to save your people like Judith (Holofernes was Assyrian general). Feel like you're in the painting. Art stimuli drive empathetic motions and responses that generate emotion in viewer.
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We like what we approach...
and vice versa. Dislike what we avoid. Look more at what we like than what we don't like.
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Supported by Shimojo et al (2003)
P's presented with 2 faces and need to decide which face is more attractive (schematic faces). Monitored eye movements as they did this.
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Shimojo et al (2003)
Found they gazed longer at one they chose just prior to decision. Maybe because act of orienting towards something makes you like it...
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Shimojo et al (2003) Exp 2
Did 2nd experiment where they showed faces one at a time. Unbeknownst to p's displayed 1 for longer (900 and 300ms). Had to choose which face more attractive. 900ms more attractive, like what they see.
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