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  Brain correlates of aesthetic judgement of beauty

Jacobsen, T., Schubotz, R. I., Höfel, L., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2006). Brain correlates of aesthetic judgement of beauty. NeuroImage, 29(1), 276-285. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.07.010.

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Jacobsen, Thomas1, Author              
Schubotz, Ricarda Ines2, Author              
Höfel, L.1, Author
von Cramon, D. Yves2, Author              
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Free keywords: Evaluative judgment; Aesthetic judgment; Descriptive judgment; Symmetry; Aesthetics; fMRI
 Abstract: Functional MRI was used to investigate the neural correlates of aesthetic judgments of beauty of geometrical shapes. Participants performed evaluative aesthetic judgments (beautiful or not?) and descriptive symmetry judgments (symmetric or not?) on the same stimulus material. Symmetry was employed because aesthetic judgments are known to be often guided by criteria of symmetry. Novel, abstract graphic patterns were presented to minimize influences of attitudes or memory-related processes and to test effects of stimulus symmetry and complexity. Behavioral results confirmed the influence of stimulus symmetry and complexity on aesthetic judgments. Direct contrasts showed specific activations for aesthetic judgments in the frontomedian cortex (BA 9/10), bilateral prefrontal BA 45/47, and posterior cingulate, left temporal pole, and the temporoparietal junction. In contrast, symmetry judgments elicited specific activations in parietal and premotor areas subserving spatial processing. Interestingly, beautiful judgments enhanced BOLD signals not only in the frontomedian cortex, but also in the left intraparietal sulcus of the symmetry network. Moreover, stimulus complexity caused differential effects for each of the two judgment types. Findings indicate aesthetic judgments of beauty to rely on a network partially overlapping with that underlying evaluative judgments on social and moral cues and substantiate the significance of symmetry and complexity for our judgment of beauty.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2005-06-092005-04-192005-07-062005-08-082006-01-01
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: eDoc: 285253
Other: Epub 2005
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.07.010
PMID: 16087351
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Title: NeuroImage
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Publ. Info: Orlando, FL : Academic Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 29 (1) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 276 - 285 Identifier: ISSN: 1053-8119
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922650166