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How Art Works
A Psychological Exploration
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has shed light on and often offered surprising answers to such questions.
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Choice This shift from philosophical analysis to a robust empirical approach of experiment and observation is the starting point of this book, which is a fascinating account of social scientists' investigations of art through interviews, experiments, data collection, and statistical analysis. Winner touches on a variety of topics ranging from music and emotion, fiction and empathy, the Mozart effect, and perfect fakes and forgeries, to Hockney's theory of optical aids,
effort bias, artistic prodigies, deliberate practice and talent, and our curious enjoyment of negative emotions. Recommended for all readers.
Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and Enlightenment Now In this thoughtful, judicious, and fascinating book, you'll find our best current answers to all the questions that thinking people ask about art, including what it is, what makes it great, whether it is universal, why we make and enjoy it, and whether it is good for us. How Art Works will be the place to look for knowledge on how art works for years to come.
David Olson, University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto Never have the links between the world of the arts and the sciences of the mind been so
carefully and fruitfully drawn as they are in Winner's new book.
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Ellen Winner is Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She directs the Arts and Mind Lab, which focuses on cognition in the arts in typical and gifted children as well as adults. She received the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Research by a Senior Scholar in Psychology and the Arts from Division 10 in 2000.
Table of Contents Acknowledgments I. INTRODUCTION 1. Perennial Questions 2. Can This Be Art? II. ART AND EMOTION 3. Wordless Sounds: Hearing Emotion in Music 4. Feeling Like Crying: Emotions in the Music Listener 5. Color and Form: Emotional Connotations of Visual Art 6. Emotions in the Art Museum: Why Don't We Feel Like Crying? 7. Drawn to Pain: The Paradoxical Enjoyment of Negative Emotion in Art III. ART AND JUDGMENT 8. Is It Good-Or Just Familiar? 9. Too Easy to Be Good? The Effort Bias 10. Identical! What's Wrong with a Perfect Fake? 11. "But My Kid Could Have Done That!" IV. WHAT ART DOES - AND DOES NOT - DO FOR US 12. Silver Bullets: Does Art Make Us Smarter? 13. The Lives of Others: Fiction and Empathy 14. Does Making Art Improve Well-Being? V. MAKING ART 15. Who Makes Art and Why? VI. CONCLUSION 16. How Art Works Notes References Index