Aesthetic Experience and the Brain

Empirical aesthetics is an emerging field dedicated to discovering the bases of aesthetic experiences. The research explores the responses to arts in different modalities (music and painting, for example), and seeks to understand the connections between aesthetic experiences and other cognitive domains.

Project Members:

Principal Investigators: Gabrielle Starr (formerly Dean of the College of Arts and Science) and David Poeppel (NYU Psychology and Neural Science and Max Planck Institute)

  • Dr. Amy Belfi (NYU, Missouri)
  • Felicity Callard (Durham)
  • Anjan Chatterjee (UPenn)
  • Andrea R. Halpern (Bucknell)
  • Robert Hopkins (NYU)
  • Helmut Leder (Vienna)
  • Denis Pelli (NYU)
  • Natalie M. Phillips (Michigan State)
  • David Poeppel (NYU and Max Planck)
  • Ed Vessel (NYU and Max Planck)