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  Aesthetic appreciation of poetry correlates with ease of processing in event-related potentials

Obermeier, C., Kotz, S. A., Jessen, S., Raettig, T., von Koppenfels, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2016). Aesthetic appreciation of poetry correlates with ease of processing in event-related potentials. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 16(2), 362-373. doi:10.3758/s13415-015-0396-x.

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Item Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-C031-9 Version Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-1BAF-B
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Obermeier, Christian1, Author              
Kotz, Sonja A.1, 2, Author              
Jessen, Sarah3, Author              
Raettig, Tim4, Author
von Koppenfels, Martin5, Author
Menninghaus, Winfried6, Author
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1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
2Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, ou_persistent22              
3Max Planck Research Group Early Social Development, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_1356545              
4Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy, University Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany, ou_persistent22              
5Institute of Comparative Literature, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany, ou_persistent22              
6Department of Language and Literature, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Neuroaesthetics; Poetry; ERP; N400; P600
 Abstract: Rhetorical theory suggests that rhythmic and metrical features of language substantially contribute to persuading, moving, and pleasing an audience. A potential explanation of these effects is offered by “cognitive fluency theory,” which stipulates that recurring patterns (e.g., meter) enhance perceptual fluency and can lead to greater aesthetic appreciation. In this article, we explore these two assertions by investigating the effects of meter and rhyme in the reception of poetry by means of event-related brain potentials (ERPs). Participants listened to four versions of lyrical stanzas that varied in terms of meter and rhyme, and rated the stanzas for rhythmicity and aesthetic liking. The behavioral and ERP results were in accord with enhanced liking and rhythmicity ratings for metered and rhyming stanzas. The metered and rhyming stanzas elicited smaller N400/P600 ERP responses than their nonmetered, nonrhyming, or nonmetered and nonrhyming counterparts. In addition, the N400 and P600 effects for the lyrical stanzas correlated with aesthetic liking effects (metered–nonmetered), implying that modulation of the N400 and P600 has a direct bearing on the aesthetic appreciation of lyrical stanzas. We suggest that these effects are indicative of perceptual-fluency-enhanced aesthetic liking, as postulated by cognitive fluency theory.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2015-12-232016-04
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3758/s13415-015-0396-x
PMID: 26697879
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Title: Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience
  Abbreviation : Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Austin, TX : Psychonomic Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 16 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 362 - 373 Identifier: ISSN: 1530-7026
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1530-7026