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Vessel,  Edward Allen
Department of Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society;

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Vessel, E. A. (2021). Neuroaesthetics. In S. Della Sala (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience, 2nd edition (pp. 661-670). Amsterdam: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.24104-7.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-4E77-E
Neuroaesthetics uses the tools of psychology and neuroscience to understand the nature of aesthetic experiences, such as when a person is emotionally moved by artworks, landscapes or music. Aesthetic experiences engage processes of sensation, comprehension and valuation. Aesthetic appreciation is not determined solely by a stimulus, but by the interaction between a stimulus and a perceiver, in a manner dependent on their understanding and background knowledge. Aesthetic appreciation modulates a broad network of brain regions, including higher-level portions of sensory pathways, reward circuitry, the medial and orbital prefrontal cortex, and the default-mode network.