Thursday, August 13, 2015

Have humans evolved to love art?

By Henri Neuendorf

Humans have evolved to enjoy and appreciate art. That is what a study conducted by a team of scientists at New York University have found. During the course of a lifetime, the vast majority of humans at some point seek engagement with the arts. In the study titled The Brain on Art: Intense Aesthetic Experience Activates the Default Mode Network, published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience journal, Edward A. Vessel, G. Gabrielle Starr, and Neva Rubin conducted a series of brain scans on several volunteers and analyzed the respondent's neural activity when presented with artistic stimuli. The team wanted to find out what determines artistic taste. [link]