1. Network-related publications



The Senses and Society 13(3)


November 2018


Special issue

Methods of Aesthetic Inquiry: Interdisciplinary Encounters

Guest editors: Dee Reynolds and Boris Wiseman

ISSN: 1745-8927 (Print) 1745-8935 (Online) Journal homepage




Introduction: Methods of Aesthetic Inquiry across Disciplines

Dee Reynolds and Boris Wiseman 261


Musical Events and Perceptual Ecologies

Eric Clarke with Alan E. Williams and Dee Reynolds 264


Art Aesthetics in China: Some Observations

Nicholas Pearce with Beverley Best and Mingyuan Hu 282


Looking For Trouble: Archaeology, Art and Interdisciplinary Encounters

Rachael Dann with Etienne Jollet 299


Sensing Art and Artifacts: Explorations in Sensory Museology

David Howes with Beverley Best, Eric Clarke, Rupert Cox, and Fiona Macpherson



Music, Complexity, and Embodiment in Performance: A Conversation with Accordionist Andreas Borregaard

Andreas Borregaard with Roddy Hawkins and Jonna Vuoskoski 335


Dance Insights for Neuroscience Research

Mark Schram Christensen 346


Sensory Design Reviews


Tate Sensorium: An Experiment in Multisensory Immersive Design

Tom Pursey with David Lomas 354


Engaging Aesthetically with Tapa Barkcloth in the Museum

Andy Mills 367 


Book review


Using the Museum’s Past to Critique its Present: Review of Constance Classen, The Museum of the Senses.

Stephanie Bowry 375



2. Selected papers used to inform workshop discussions

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Bacci, Francesca and David Melcher, eds., Art and the Senses (Oxford: OUP, 2011)

*Beat, Janet and Nick Pearce, ‘Themes and Variations: A Discussion of Some Parallels between Western Music and Chinese Scroll Painting’, in G. Munro, et al., eds.,Notis musycall: Essays on Music and Scottish Culture in Honour of Kenneth Elliott (Glasgow: Musica Scotia Trust, 2005), pp. 317-30.

*Berridge, Kent C. and Morten L. Kringelbach, ‘Pleasure Systems in the Brain’, Neuron 86 (2015): 646-64.

Boccia, M., et al., ‘Where does Brain Neural Activation in Aesthetic Responses to Visual Art Occur? Meta-analytic Evidence from Neuroimaging Studies’, Neuroscience and Behavioural Reviews (2015)

*Brattico, Elvira, ‘The Neuroaesthetics of Music’, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 7.1 (2013): 48-61.

*Brattico, Elvira, Brigitte Bogert and Thomas Jacobsen, ‘Toward a Neural Chronometry for the Aesthetic Experience of Music’, Frontiers in Psychology 4 (2013)

*Carusi, Annamaria and Aud Sissel Hoel, ‘Brains, Windows and Coordinate Systems’, in A. Carusi, et al., eds., Visualization in the Age of Computerization (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 145-69.

*Chatterjee, Anjan and Oshin Vartanian, ‘Neuroaesthetics’, Trends in Cognitive Sciences 18.7 (2014): 370-5.

*Classen, Constance, ed., A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire, 1800-1920 (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)

*Classen, Constance and David Howes, Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014)

*Cohn, Simon, ‘Increasing Resolution, Intensifying Ambiguity: An Ethnographic Account of Seeing Life in Brain Scans’, Economy and Society 33.1 (2004): 52-76.

Craver, Carl, Explaining the Brain: Mechanisms and the Mosaic Unity of Neuroscience (Oxford: Clarendon, 2007)

Craver, Carl, In Search of Mechanisms: Discoveries across the Life Sciences (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Cronan, Todd, ed., Evaluating Neuroaesthetics (= Nonsite, 2 (2011))  <nonsite.org/issues/issue-2-evaluating-neuroaesthetics>

*Cross, Emily S. ‘Building a dance in the Human Brain: Insights from Expert and Novice Dancers’, in B. Bläsing, M. Puttke and T. Schack, eds., The Neurocognition of Dance: Mind, Movement and Motor Skills (London: Psychology Press, 2010), pp. 117-202.

*Downy, Greg, ‘Seeing without Knowing, Learning with the Eyes: Visuomotor “Knowing” and the Plasticity of Perception’, in M. Harris, ed., Ways of Knowing: New Approaches in the Anthropology of Knowledge and Learning (Oxford: Berghahn, 2007), pp. 222-41.

*Jackesch, M. and H. Leder, ‘The Qualitative Side of Complexity: Testing Effects of Ambiguity on Complexity Judgments’, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 9 (2015): 200-205.

*Jola, Corinne, Shantel Ehrenberg and Dee Reynolds,  ‘The Experience of Watching Dance: Phenomenological-Neuroscience Duets’, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11.1 (2012): 17-37.

*Kirk, Ulrich, et al., ‘Brain Correlates of Aesthetic Expertise: A Parametric fMRI Study’, Brain and Cognition 69 (2009): 306-15.

*Kirsch, Louise, Cosimo Urgesi and Emily S. Cross, ‘The Shaping and Reshaping of the Aesthetic Brain: Emerging Perspectives on the Neurobiology of Embodied Aesthetics’, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews (2015)

*Leder, Helmut, et al., ‘What Makes an Art Expert? Emotion and Evaluation in Art Appreciation’, Cognition and Emotion (2014), doi: 10.1080/02699931.2013.870132.

*Leder, Helmut and Marcos Nadal, ‘Ten Years of a Model of Aesthetic Appreciation and Aesthetic Judgments: The Aesthetic Episode – Developments and Challenges in Empirical Aesthetics’, British Journal of Psychology 105 (2014): 443-64.

*Lindell, A. K., and Mueller, J., ‘Can science account for taste? Psychological insights into art appreciation’, Journal of Cognitive Psychology 23 (2011): 453-75.

Melcher, David and Francesca Bacci, ‘Perception of Emotion in Abstract Art Works: A Multidisciplinary Approach’, in Stanley Finger, et al., eds., The Fine Arts, Neurology and Neuroscience: New Discoveries and Changing Landscapes (Elsevier, 2013), pp. 191-216.

*Michel, Charles, et al., ‘Rotating Plates: Online Study Demonstrates the Importance of Orientation in the Plating of Food’, Food Quality and Preference 44 (2015): 194-202.

*Nadal, M., et al., ‘Visual Complexity and Beauty Appreciation: Explaining the Divergence of Results’, Empirical Studies of the Arts 28 (2010): 173-91.

*Nadal, Marcos and Marcus T. Pearce, ‘The Copenhagen Neuroaesthetics Conference: Prospects and Pitfalls for an Emerging Field’, Brain and Cognition 76.1 (2011): 172-83.

*Nadal, Marcos and Martin Skov, ‘Introduction to the Special Issue: Towards an Interdisciplinary Neuroaesthetics’, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 7.1 (2013): 1-12.

*Nadal, Marcos and Martin Skov, ‘Neuroaesthetics’ in J. D. Wright, ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edn, vol. 16 (Oxford: Elsevier, 2015), pp. 656-63.

Paasschen, Jorien, Francesca Bacci and David Melcher, ‘The Influence of Art Expertise and Training on Emotion and Preference Ratings for Representational and Abstract Artworks’, PLoS ONE 10.8 (2015)

*Pearce, Nick, ‘More Sight than Sound: Extra-musical Qualities of the Qin’, Orientations 39 (2008): 40-6.

*Pearce, Nick, ‘From Relic to Relic: A Brief History of the Skull of Confucius’, Journal of the History of Collections 26.2 (2013): 207-22.

*Reason, Matthew and Dee Reynolds, ‘Kinesthesia, Empathy, and Related Pleasures: An Inquiry into Audience Experiences of Watching Dance’, Dance Research Journal 42.2 (2010): 49-75.

*Reason, Matthew, et al., ‘Spectators’ Aesthetic Experience of Sound and Movement in Dance Performance: A Transdisciplinary Investigation’, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (in press)

Rollins, Mark, Mental Imagery: On the Limits of Cognitive Science (New Haven, CT: Yale, 1989)

*Rosenberg, R. and C. Klein, ‘The Moving Eye of the Beholder: Eye-Tracking and the Perception of Paintings’, in: J.P. Huston, et al., eds., Art, Aesthetics and the Brain (Oxford: OUP, 2015), pp. 79-108.

*Salimpoor, Valorie N. and Robert J. Zatorre, ‘Neural Interactions that Give Rise to Musical Pleasure’, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 7.1 (2013): 62-75.

*Skov, Martin, ‘The Pleasure of Art’, in M.L. Kringelbach and K.C. Berridge, eds., Pleasures of the Brain (NY: OUP, 2010), pp. 270-83.

Spence, Charles and Betina Piqueras-Fiszman, The Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Dining (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

*Spence, Charles, Jozef Youssef and Ophelia Deroy, ‘Where Are all the Synaesthetic Chefs?’, Flavour 4.29 (2015)

Stafford, Barbara Maria, Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007)

*Stewart, Simon, ‘Aesthetics and Time: Sustained and Distracted Modes of Engagement’, Cultural Sociology 9.2 (2015): 147-64

*Ticini, Luca, Cosimo Urgesi and Beatriz Calvo-Merino, ‘Embodied Aesthetics: Insight from Cognitive Neuroscience of Performing Art’, in Alfonsina Scarinzi, ed.,Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy (Dordrecht: Springer, 2015), pp. 103-15.

*Vartanian, Oshin and Martin Skov, ‘Neural Correlates of Viewing Paintings: Evidence from a Quantitative Meta-Analysis of Functional Magnetic Resonance Data’, Brain and Cognition 87 (2014): 52-6.

* Wang, K.S., D.V. Schmidt and M. Delgado, ‘Using fMRI to Study Reward Processing in Humans: Past, Present, and Future.’ Journal of Neurophysiology (in press).