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Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture by David Throsby, Victor A. Ginsburgh

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Chapter 3

Contemporary Experimental Aesthetics: Procedures and Findings

Paul J. Locher,    Montclair State University, NJ, USA

Abstract

An aesthetic experience with visual art and the resulting perceived ‘beauty’ of it depend on a complex interaction among characteristics of the art object, the observer, and the physical, social, and historical contexts in which the experience takes place. Experimental aesthetics is devoted to the study of forms of behavior that center around observers’ interactions with works of art and other aesthetic phenomena using a variety of research techniques and controlled observation. The purpose of this chapter is to provide the reader with an overview of the diversity of research techniques and procedures employed in ...

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