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?

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: 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. Dr. David Poeppel

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

Fundamental differences found in taste for naturally occurring aesthetic domains and for artifacts of human culture

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On September 14, we invite you to a bar evening from 7 p.m. with short lectures from our research.

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A study from the Department of Neuroscience examines the similarities and differences between birdsong and music 

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Charly Koerbel bei einer MEG-Demonstrations-Messung am Brain Imaging Center. Foto: Senckenberg

Wissenschaftler des MPIEA leiten MEG-Demonstrations-Messung mit Fußball-Legende Charly Körbel für „Begehbares Gehirn“ im neuen Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt.

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Jobs

Bewerbungsschluss:

20. August 2018

50 - 60 Std. monatlich

Bewerbungsschluss:

31. August 2018

40 Std. monatlich

Bewerbungsschluss:

2. September 2018

40 80 Std. monatlich

Events


Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik, ArtLab Foyer

Wissensdurst – Ein Bar-Abend am Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik [more]


Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik

Prof. Virginie van Wassenhove, PhD Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, CEA DRF/Joliot, INSERM, Université Paris-Sud,... [more]