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.

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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

 

 

Research Groups

Histories of Music, Mind, and Body

The "Histories of Music, Mind, and Body" Research Group seeks to historicize specific philosophical, embodied, and medical understandings of the experience of music.

 


Dr. Carmel Raz

Computational Auditory Perception

Focusing largely on the auditory modality, the "Computational Auditory Perception" Research Group explores the roles of experience and exposure in creating and affecting our perception of the world.

 

Dr. Nori Jacoby

Neural and Environmental Rhythms

The Research Group "Neural and Environmental Rhythms" focuses on understanding how brain–environment synchrony contributes to our individual experience of the auditory world.

 


Molly Henry, 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]

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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]

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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.
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News

As part of the new Max Planck-NYU cooperation "CLaME", Joseph LeDoux (NYU) will provide insights into the latest research on the neural basis of emotions on November 5.

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empirical aesthetics in Leuven

Let’s take a look at visual perception

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Neues Artist-in-Residence Programm startet. Bewerbung bis 3.11.2019 möglich.

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Wahrnehmung von Tonhöhen ist kulturell geprägt

Study on cross-cultural music perception published in Current Biology

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Events


Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

Zum Vorlesetag laden wir Kinder und ihre Familien herzlich zu uns ein. Wir bieten ein vielfältiges Programm mit... [more]


Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

A one-day Symposium on eye-tracking research intended for doctoral students. Our goal is to create an environment for... [more]