10. October 2019

New Paper published in PNAS

Despite being highly subjective, aesthetic experiences are powerful moments of interaction with one’s surroundings. Default mode network (DMN) which has been implicated in self-referential processing, is typically suppressed when a person engages with the external environment. However, in our new paper published in PNAS we present evidence that the DMN is not only engaged when one finds a visual artwork aesthetically moving, it also represents aesthetic appeal in a manner that generalizes across visual aesthetic domains. 


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Edward A. Vessel, Ayse Ilkay Isik, Amy M. Belfi, Jonathan L. Stahl, & G. Gabrielle Starr (2019): The default-mode network represents aesthetic appeal that generalizes across visual domains. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Advance online publication. doi:10.1073/pnas.1902650116