Memories of Art

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (2):146 - 147 (2013)
William Hirstein
Elmhurst College
Although the art-historical context of a work of art is important to our appreciation of it, it is our knowledge of that history that plays causal roles in producing the experience itself. This knowledge is in the form of memories, both semantic memories about the historical circumstances, but also episodic memories concerning our personal connections with an artwork. We also create representations of minds in order to understand the emotions that artworks express
Keywords art  aesthetic  neuroaesthetics
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X12001665
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