The Aesthetic Brain by Anjan Chatterjee

The Aesthetic Brain

The Aesthetic Brain takes the reader on a wide-ranging journey through the world of beauty, pleasure, and art. Chatterjee uses neuroscience to probe how an aesthetic sense is etched in our minds and evolutionary psychology to explain why aesthetic concerns feature centrally in our lives. Along the way, Chatterjee addresses fundamental questions: What is beauty? Is beauty universal? How is beauty related to pleasure? What is art? Should art be bea...

Details The Aesthetic Brain

TitleThe Aesthetic Brain
Release DateNov 8th, 2013
PublisherOxford University Press (UK)
GenrePsychology, Science, Art, Nonfiction, Biology, Neuroscience, Philosophy

Reviews The Aesthetic Brain

  • Nelson Zagalo
    Anjan Chatterjee é professor de neurologia na Universidade de Pennsylvania onde desenvolve investigação no campo recente da Neuroestética, um campo que procura dar conta do modo como terá surgido a arte, o que nos motivou e motiva para esta. Em "The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art" (2013) o autor lança-se ao problema central desta abordagem, grande interrogação: se tudo aquilo que somos hoje é fruto de um p...
  • Kunal Sen
    Why we like beautiful things is a question that have been intriguing me since my high school days. I remember building an electronic gadget in early seventies that could produce numerically determined musical notes, and I would try it on my friends to see if they found it melodious or not. I developed my own ideas about the evolutionary roots of aesthetic appreciation, but could not find any books that would satisfy my curiosity.Many decades have...
  • David Fernandes
    Anjan Chatterjee uses Art as a tool to expose his scientific and philosophical vision about the complex brain components that although inaccessible to the conscious mind, mechanically determine our desires, pleasures and aesthetic experiences. With no pretension of being the absolute truth, it is an easy read where neuroscience is interestingly complemented with evolutionary psychology and biology.
  • Dary
    Being directly engaged in activity that demands beauty as its priority, even doing it professionally, had made me wonder why I was so captivated by beauty that made me want to strive hard to achieve it (i.e. on playing a single note in violin beautifully). Beauty itself started to become shallow to me after I managed to acheive it (still talking about that beautiful notes). So I wanted to look for deeper understandings on what I've acheived. This...
  • Nelson Ramos
    Neste livro, intitulado The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art (2013) de Anjan Chatterjee, temos uma visão sobre a arte e como ela funciona num todo orgânico no nosso cérebro.A leitura foi feita de uma forma lenta, porque o tema também é um sobre o qual gosto de refletir. A reflexão obrigou a que tivesse que fazer outro tipo de abordagem. Por isso tentei colocar-me na primeira pessoa na análise ao mesmo. Para qu...
  • Nikolas Alixopulos
    Anjan Chatterjee shows a depth of knowledge in both the arts and neuroscience that helps lend credibility to his research. What wills us to create and enjoy aesthetic experiences? He traces our human history of design from cave paintings to Monet and into Fauvism and Modern Art. With this approach of trying to analyze art under a scientific mindset he is able to do so in a way that manages to maintain a good sense of humor and makes for an enjoya...
  • Zac Sigler
    This was fantastic. It was a bit heavy on naming the parts of the brain (I took Psych 101 and got the highest grade in the class at a prestigious, private institution), but otherwise it was very informative and a pleasure to read. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on how stifling repressive regimes become in relation to creativity in art.
  • Ghaida
    I honestly expected to find more scientific facts about brain, art relation to evolution is something new to me and it’s so interesting, made me appreciate art more.
  • Subowal
    I am a believer in the theory of evolution, not only for physical characteristics but also mental and social ones. I therefore believe that eventually this theory will come up with a convincing explanation for our preference for art - why something that doesn't apparently add to the survival value is such a fundamental part of our nature and something that triggers some of the most profound experiences of our lives.Anjan Chatterjee's well written...
  • Lee Barry
    Excellent book for those attempting to understand abstract and contemporary art from a neuroscientific perspective. Our love of information (visual information in this case) is one of the motivating factors in the liking and wanting of aesthetic objects and experiences."Unlike sensations and emotions, when it comes to cultural and historical meaning in art, we run into the limits of what neuroscience can offer. Current neuroscientific methods are...
  • Teo 2050
    Contents:(view spoiler)[Chatterjee A (2003) Aesthetic Brain, ThePrefaceIntroductionPart I: Beauty01. What is this thing called beauty?02. Captivating faces03. The measure of facial beauty04. The body beautiful05. How the brain works06. Brains behind beauty07. Evolving beauty08. Beautiful landscapes09. Numbering beauty10. The illogic of beautyPart II: Pleasure11. What is this thing called pleasure?12. Food13. Sex14. Money15. Liking, wanting, learn...
  • Víctor Bermúdez
    PREFACEINTRODUCTIONBEAUTY1. What is this thing called beauty?2. Captivating faces3. The measure of facial beauty4. The body beautiful5. How the brain works6. Brains behind beauty7. Evolving beauty8. Landscapes9. Numbering beauty10. The illogic of beautyPLEASURE1. What is this thing called pleasure?2. Food3. Sex4. Money5. Liking, wanting, learning6. The logic of pleasureART1. What is this thing called art?2. Art: Biology and culture3. Descriptive ...
  • Alexi Parizeau
    Good writting and gentle introductions to a difficult subject. As a student I also appreciated his review of so much of the relevant literature/references. But what made me love this book was the last three chapters; I'm a sucker for new ideas, and Chatterjee delivers with a refreshing paradigm.[First Reading: October 18, 2014]
  • Emre Senoglu
    Simply brilliant. A great introduction to neuroaesthetics, touching upon a variety of subjects from art and pleasure to science and instincts. The book does a great job in defining beauty and the reasons behind our desire for it, then proceeds onto describing art and its implications. A definite eye opener, written with a clear language and a scientific approach.
  • Lania Rubio
    This is a very interesting and well-written book. Importantly, it makes you think!! Is art an instinct or an evolutionary by-product? or is art something else? I am happy to know that it is still an open question!!
  • Dona
    Quick, interesting read. Chatterjee traces the origin of brain functions that cause aesthetic experiences, coming to the conclusion that the relatively new field of neuroaesthetics cannot explain everything when it comes to why humans need art.
  • Brock Ray
    Really only about 3.5 stars, but still worth it in the end. There's a rather pointless interlude on behavioral economics that was thrown in just for filler, but the final conclusions are well worth the wait.
  • Tim
    Fascinating book on Aesthetics and neuroscience.
  • Emma Dykes
    2 stars • not quite my genre (required reading for school) but quite a fascinating subject
  • Alice Maldonado-Gallardo