A Behavioral and Biological Analysis of Aesthetics: Implications for Research and Applications

  title={A Behavioral and Biological Analysis of Aesthetics: Implications for Research and Applications},
  author={Francis Mechner},
  journal={The Psychological Record},
  pages={287 - 321}
  • F. Mechner
  • Published 19 June 2017
  • Psychology, Art
  • The Psychological Record
Seeking to identify the common and distinguishing attributes of effects one might call “aesthetic,” I examined hundreds of examples in music, visual arts, poetry, literature, humor, performance arts, architecture, science, mathematics, games, and other disciplines. I observed that all involve quasi-emotional reactions to stimuli that are composites of multiple elements that ordinarily do not occur together and whose interaction, when appropriately potentiated, is transformative—different in… 
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