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Theoretical and Methodological Basics of Empirical Aesthetics

Current projects

Neural Correlates of Contemporary Classical Music: Can Uncertainty lead to Pleasure?

Die neurowissenschaftliche Erforschung von musikalischem Genuss hat sich bisher auf westlich tonale Musik konzentriert und wurde mit Aktivität im limbischen System in Verbindung gebracht. Dabei konnten zwei neuronale Aktivitätsmuster unterschieden wurden: [mehr]

Aesthetic Absorption – An Empirical Study of the Role of Absorption regarding the Aesthetic Experience and Appreciation of Music

This project examines the role of absorption in the aesthetic experience and evaluation of different sorts of music; at the same time it aims to develop the concept of a genuine aesthetic form of absorption.  [more]

Music as a Stimulus

The use of music as a stimulus is a self-evident element of empirical musical research. This will be analyzed in detail, the goal being to describe musical stimuli in a systematic and comprehensive way. [more]

“Schöne Stellen”—Beautiful Passages in Music

Very often, pleasurable or intense moments during music listening are tied to particular passages felt to be beautiful. These can influence the perception of a piece as a whole as well as our attraction to and appreciation of it. This project examines the connecting lines between the subjective experience, musical-acoustic qualities, and verbalization of beautiful passages in music. [more]

Emotions and musical structure

Expectations as to how a piece of music will unfold are held to be a rich source of emotions during music listening. This project will investigate the degree and nature of the involvement of the so called 'emotion network' in mediating musical expectations. [more]

Situated Approaches to the Aesthetic Experience of Music

Starting with a discussion of different approaches to situated cognition and its utilization in music research, we will examine the role played by our bodily constitution and environmental embeddedness in the course of the aesthetic experience of music. [more]

Neural Correlates of Contemporary Classical Music: Can Uncertainty lead to Pleasure?

The neuroscientific research on musical pleasure has so far focused on Western tonal music. It has been associated with activity in the limbic system, distinguishing two main neural activity patterns, probably reflecting phases of either anticipation or peak experience. [more]

Absorption and Attention in Experiencing Music

Absorption by music can be interpreted as paying deliberate attention to music.. Attention can be described as a resource to be examined by measuring eye movement and secondary tasks. [more]

On the Difference Between Perceived and Felt Emotions in Music

While the phenomenological difference between perceived and felt emotions was first described many years ago, the difference has not been investigated through direct comparison on a neuro-physiological level. In this project, the neural correlates and their physiological measures are investigated using imaging method. [more]

Singing with Physical Contact: A Motiv of late Medieval Iconography of Singing and its Experiemental Re-Enactment

Starting with the late medieval topos of the depiction of a vocal ensemble, which cannot be historically verified in any sources, methods of experimental re-enactment will be developed in order to supplement the absent historical evidence through its empirical counterpart. [more]

Research Trends in Empirical Aesthetics

This project comprises a systematic examination of scientific journals relevant to empirical aesthetics. Our goal is to identify the development of theories, thematic focal points, and methods used, together with the changes they have undergone over time. [more]


The Pleasure of the Unpredictable - Aesthetic Experience of New Music

Since its origins, New Music has been criticized for being difficult to understand, if not completely inaccessible. Certainly, if Arnold Schönberg did desire his music to be whistled, this clearly did not occur. [more]