Who likes what,
and why?
Who likes what,
and why?
Who likes what,
and why?
Who likes what,
and why?

Who likes what,
and why?

In a joint effort of researchers from the humanities and the sciences, the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics explores who aesthetically appreciates what, for which reasons and under which situational and historical circumstances, and analyzes the functions of aesthetic practices and preferences for individuals and societies.

Departments

Language and Literature

The Department of Language and Literature investigates the aesthetically relevant features and the aesthetic perception as well as the evaluation of linguistic utterances and texts, with a specific focus on literature.

Director: Prof. Dr. Winfried Menninghaus

Music

Using a variety of methods, the music department researches the processing, experiencing and evaluation of music, as well as behaviour during its reception.

 

 

Director: Prof. Dr. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann

Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Department, works on the neurobiology of hearing, language processing, and music, including the dimensions of aesthetic experience.

 

Director: Prof. David Poeppel, PhD

The Institute

Our institutes investigates the foundations and mechanisms of aesthetic perception and evaluation as well as aesthetically appealing features of objects and events across sensory modalities. It draws on broad multi-disciplinary expertise and a large variety of methods. Key desiderata include the multiple nuances as well as individual and cultural differences of aesthetic liking, its motivational implications and the functions of aesthetic experiences for cognitive and affective development and for subjective well-being and social communication. [more]

About usPeople

Library

The Library provides researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics as well as interested scholars and artists with literature, scientific information and audiovisual media in the fields of aesthetics, music, psychology, literature and cultural studies. [more]

CollectionOpening hours

ArtLab

The ArtLab is both a modern, multi-purpose event location, as well as a psychophysiological research facility. Regularly featured here are all kinds of performances (e.g., classical and contemporary musical concerts, literary readings, movie presentations) as well as scientific studies and experiments involving up to 46 test subjects simultaneously.
Information/ Facilities

News

On March 12, the new Max Planck - NYU Center for Language, Music and Emotion (ClaME) in New York City was officially inaugurated.

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Jahrespressekonferenz veröffentlicht Programm des neuen Netzwerks

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Film and lecture series on the processing of feature films in the brain

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On February 27 we welcome Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard for a public lecture on beauty in the animal kingdom.

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Jobs

Bewerbungsschluss::

14. Mai 2019

Vollzeit

Bewerbungsschluss:

30. April 2019

Teilzeit

30 Std. wöchentlich

Bewerbungsschluss::

30. April 2019

Vollzeit

Bewerbungsschluss::

30. April 2019

Vollzeit

Events


Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik, ArtLab Foyer

The WESTEND LECTURES ON BRAIN AND COGNITION host leading international researchers from the field of Cognition and... [more]


Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik, ArtLab Foyer

The WESTEND LECTURES ON BRAIN AND COGNITION host leading international researchers from the field of Cognition and... [more]