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

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

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

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


Director: Prof. Dr. David Poeppel

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 us PeopleArtist as Researcher

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]

Collection Opening hours

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

20.12.2017

Out now!

First research report released.

05.12.2017

Beautifully Sad

A new study shows why we enjoy negative emotions in film and art

04.12.2017

Pictures in your head – The secret of beautiful poems

A new study by New York University and the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics shows that vivid pictorial language has the greatest influence on the aesthetic appeal of poetry. The results improve our understanding of aesthetic preferences in general.

22.11.2017

Already basic sounds convey meaning

New linguistic study shows that our mind links human sounds to abstract content

Jobs

Closing date:

August 15, 2017

for 2 months minimum

Internship Neuroscience Department

Bewerbung bis

28.02.2018

Vollzeit

Closing date:
May 30, 2017

PhD and Postdoc Positions

Wednesday 14.02.2018
Alte Oper Frankfurt, Albert Mangelsdorff Foyer

Das Konzert in der Forschung
Musiker-Darstellungen der...

Dr. Elke B. Lange, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik Eine Gesprächsreihe in der Alten Oper Frankfurt gemeinsam mit dem Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik.

Tuesday 10.04.2018
Alte Oper Frankfurt, Albert Mangelsdorff Foyer

Das Konzert in der Forschung
Die Lust an der Überraschung....

Iris Mencke, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik Eine Gesprächsreihe in der Alten Oper Frankfurt gemeinsam mit dem Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik.