Visions of the body. Embodied simulation and aesthetic experience

  title={Visions of the body. Embodied simulation and aesthetic experience},
  author={Vittorio Gallese},
The present contribution is mainly intended to illustrate how some recent discoveries in the field of neurosciences have revolutionized our ideas about perception, action and cognition, and how these new neuro-scientific perspectives can shed light on the human relationship to art and aesthetics, in the frame of an approach known as "experimental aesthetics". Experimental aesthetics addresses the problem of artistic images by investigating the brain-body physiological correlates of the… 

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