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Aesthetics, ethics, and cognition
Anjan Chatterjee MD, FAAN
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder—and depends on their age, sex, and how you ask.
Three psychological dimensions shape our aesthetic responses to our surroundings, inside or out, natural or human-made.
We are used to thinking of sensuous objects as beautiful. In a recent study, we show that math can be beautiful, especially if a person understands the meaning of equations.
Core psychological dimensions in response to interiors are weighted differently by people with autistic spectrum disorder, quasi-experts, and neurotypicals.
Do the words "beauty" and "wellness" mean the same things to everyone? Network science reveals how our understanding of these concepts shifts with age and gender.
A database of face images is designed to be more comprehensive and inclusive.
Traditional theories of metaphor comprehension implicate the right hemisphere as playing a privileged role. Our findings suggest that these theories are likely to be wrong.
Parkinson’s disease can change the way people appreciate art.
What occurs in the brain when we harbor negative attitudes towards certain groups of people.
We investigators should be prepared to calmly remove our heads.
Can an ancient discipline like theology learn from a fast-developing, empirical field?
A perspective from the philosophy of art.
Engagement with the arts expands our understanding of human nature and reveals the structure of the perceptual world.
Many healthy students and workers take medications to improve their performance. How do people feel about this use of pharmacologic enhancement?
Ultimate frisbee players offer insight into communicating directions. They anchor words to body- or environment-centered reference frames, suggesting a speed-stability tradeoff.
America convulses in protests against police brutality towards Black people. In the protests lies the demand: Can you hear us now?
When we anticipate looking at work by an artist of whom we know nothing, even a little bit of relevant prior information is rewarding.
Many shelter in place during the pandemic only going out for walks. Can street art be a salve for wounded times?
Most of us spend the bulk of our time in built environments. What are the core psychological and neurological responses to architectural interiors?
Abstract art does not make reference to anything meaningful in the world. Does that mean that people’s preferences are driven by the visual forms of these images? Maybe not.
London taxi drivers with extensive knowledge of the city's streets have larger than average hippocampi. Is the same true for better than average navigators?
Thought and language in early Parkinson’s disease teaches us about the relationship between body and mind.
Beauty is in the hand more than in the eye of the beholder.
Metaphors are fundamental to human thought. How do they work, and why don’t we notice them?
The Lion King is an opportunity to talk to your children about fairness.
People are more accepting of the use of “smart pills” at work than in school or sports, and when the pills are framed with positive rather than negative metaphors.
Anjan Chatterjee, MD, FAAN, is Professor of Neurology, Psychology, and Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.