Motion, emotion and empathy in esthetic experience

@article{Freedberg2007MotionEA,
  title={Motion, emotion and empathy in esthetic experience},
  author={D. Freedberg and V. Gallese},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={11},
  pages={197-203}
}
The implications of the discovery of mirroring mechanisms and embodied simulation for empathetic responses to images in general, and to works of visual art in particular, have not yet been assessed. Here, we address this issue and we challenge the primacy of cognition in responses to art. We propose that a crucial element of esthetic response consists of the activation of embodied mechanisms encompassing the simulation of actions, emotions and corporeal sensation, and that these mechanisms are… Expand
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