Ana Clemente

Research interesets

  • Creativity
  • Expert working memory
  • Skill acquisition and expertise development
  • Motivation, learning and reward
  • Evaluative judgment
  • Multisensory integration
  • Biocultural evolution
  • Active inference

 

 

Vita

Academic Education

2017–2021Ph.D. in human evolution and cognition, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
2016–2017M.Sc. in human evolution and cognition, University of the Balearic Islands and Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, Associated Unit to the Superior Centre for Scientific Research, Spain
2007–2010M.Phil. in art history, University of La Laguna, Spain
2005–2007

M.Mus. in solo performance (Aufbaustudium Konzertexamen), Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, Germany

Academic Experience

Since 11/2023

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Cognitive Neuropsychology, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Germany, and Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, McGill University, Canada

2022–2023

Margarita Salas postdoctoral fellow, Department of Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology, Institute of Neurosciences, University of Barcelona, and Cognition and Brain Plasticity Unit, Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute, Spain

2020

Visiting researcher, Division of Media Technology and Interaction Design, and Division of Speech, Music, and Hearing, Royal Institute of Technology KTH Stockholm, Sweden

Since 2020

Visiting researcher, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London, UK

2017–2021

La Caixa INPhINIT doctoral fellow, Human Evolution and Cognition Research Group, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain

2013–2017

Associate professor, Superior Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands, Spain

2011–2012Adjunct secretary, Superior Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands, Spain
2010–2012

Head of Erasmus program and Bureau of international relations, Superior Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands, Spain

2010–2011

Head of the Department of winds and percussion, Superior Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands, Spain

2007–2013

Associate professor, Superior Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands, Spain

Publications

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Clemente, A., Board, F., Pearce, M. T., & Orgs, G. (in press). Dynamic complexity in audiovisual aesthetics. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication.

Clemente, A., Kaplan, T. M., & Pearce, M. T. (in press). Perceptual representations mediate effects of stimulus properties on liking for music. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1–12. doi.org/10.1111/nyas.15106

Penacchio, O. & Clemente, A. (2024). Commentary on Binz et al. (2023): Meta-learning in active inference. Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Clemente, A., Penacchio, O., Vila-Vidal, M., Pepperell, R., & Ruta, N. (2023). Explaining the curvature effect: Perceptual and hedonic evaluations of visual contour. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1037/aca0000561

Clemente, A., Friberg, A., & Holzapfel, A. (2022). Relations between perceived affect and liking for melodies and visual designs. Emotion. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1037/emo0001141

Clemente, A., Pearce, M. T., & Nadal, M. (2022). Musical aesthetic sensitivity. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 16(1), 58–73. doi.org/10.1037/aca0000381

Clemente, A., Pearce, M. T., Skov, M., & Nadal, M. (2021). Evaluative judgment across domains: Liking balance, contour, symmetry, and complexity in melodies and visual designs. Brain and Cognition, 151, 105729. doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2021.105729

Clemente, A., Vila-Vidal, M., Pearce, M. T., Aguiló, G., Corradi, G., & Nadal, M. (2020). A set of 200 musical stimuli varying in balance, contour, symmetry, and complexity: Behavioral and computational assessments. Behavior Research Methods, 52(4), 1491–1509. doi.org/10.3758/s13428-019-01329-8

Corradi, G., Chuquichambi, E. G., Barrada, J. R., Clemente, A., & Nadal, M. (2020). A new conception of visual aesthetic sensitivity. British Journal of Psychology, 111(4), 630–658. doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12427

Nadal, M., Corradi, G., Barrada, J. R., Clemente, A., & Chuquichambi, E. G. (2020). Reply to Myszkowski et al. (2020): Some matters of fact concerning aesthetic sensitivity. British Journal of Psychology, 111(4), 663–664. doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12443

Book chapters

Clemente, A. (FA, CA) (2022). Aesthetic sensitivity: Origin and development. In Skov, M. and Nadal, M., eds., The Routledge International Handbook of Neuroaesthetics (pp. 240–253). Routledge. doi.org/10.4324/9781003008675-13

Open sources and resources

Billboard Melodic Music Dataset: https://github.com/madelinehamilton/BiMMuDa

Complexity in AudioVisual Aesthetics (CAVA) stimulus set: https://osf.io/e5uh9/

Liking for visual symmetry (LiS) stimulus set and source code: https://osf.io/tu4dk/

Music Chords (MIC) stimulus set: https://osf.io/zvbxu/

MUsical STimulus (MUST) set and toolbox: https://osf.io/bfxz7/

Naturalistic MUsical STimulus (NatMUST) set: https://osf.io/k6gme/

Visual Contour (ViCo) stimulus set and widget: https://osf.io/kv38d/

Theses

Clemente, A. (2021). Aesthetic Sensitivity. Doctoral dissertation, award: Excellent cum laude, International doctorate. University of the Balearic Islands, Spain. https://www.tdx.cat/handle/10803/673506?locale-attribute=en

Clemente, A. (2017). To Touch or not to Touch: Multimodal Experience in the Aesthetic Appreciation of Sculptures in an Art Gallery. Master’s dissertation, award: 10/10. University of the Balearic Islands, Spain. https://dspace.uib.es/xmlui/bitstream/handle/11201/146222/tfm_2016-17_MCEV_asc735_1340.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Peer-reviewed conferences

Clemente, A. (2022/10/02). Active inference and hedonic evaluation. XXVIII Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), Palma, Spain

Clemente, A. (2022/09/02). Hedonic foraging: An active inference account. XXVIII Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), Palma, Spain

Clemente, A. (2022/08/02). Dynamic complexity in audiovisual aesthetics. XXVIII Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), Palma, Spain

Ruta, N., Clemente, A. (2023/08/25). Explaining the curvatureeffect. The Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) 2023. Nicosia, Cyprus

Clemente, A. (2022/09/02). Philosophical obstacles in empirical aesthetics (symposium chair; speakers: Aenne Brielmann, Joerg Fingerhut, Gregor Hayn-Leischenring, & Bill Seeley). XXVII Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), Philadelphia, USA

Clemente, A. (2022/09/02). Individual perceptual mediation of the influence of stimulus properties on liking for music. XXVII Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), Philadelphia, USA

Clemente, A., Fàbrega-Camps, G., Ara, A., Vicente, U., & Marco-Pallarés, J. (2022/09/01). Functional connectivity in liking for musical and visual contour. XXVII Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), Philadelphia, USA

Clemente, A. (2022/08). Individual perceptual mediation of the influence of stimulus properties on liking for music. Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), Portland, USA

Clemente, A. (2022/06/28). Pleasure in perception (symposium chair; speakers: Beatriz Calvo-Merino, Emily Cross, David Huron, Josep Marco-Pallarés, & Martin Skov), IX Iberian Conference on Perception (ICP)

Clemente, A. (2022/06/01). Unpacking the curvature effect: Perceptual and hedonic judgments of visual contour. Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Florida, USA, Journal of Vision, 22(3701). doi.org/10.1167/jov.22.14.3701

Clemente, A. (2022/05). Evaluative judgment across domains. International Conference of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Helsinki, Finland

Clemente, A. (2021/09/03). Evaluative judgment across domains. XXVI Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), City University of London, UK

Clemente, A., Penacchio, O., Vila-Vidal, M., Pepperell, R., & Ruta, N. (2021/09/02). Contrasting perceptual and hedonic judgments of visual contour. XXVI Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), City University of London, UK

Clemente, A., Penacchio, O., Vila-Vidal, M., Pepperell, R., & Ruta, N. (2021/08/26). Contrasting perceptual and hedonic judgments of visual contour. 43rd European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP)

Clemente, A., Friberg, A., & Holzapfel, A. (2021/07/31). Perceived affect in sensory valuation across domains. ICMPC16-ESCOM11 conference on Connectivity and diversity in music cognition, Department of Music, The University of Sheffield, UK

Clemente, A., Board, F., Pearce, M. T., & Orgs, G. (2021/07/30). Hedonic judgment of audiovisual displays: Liking for complexity in dynamic sound and image sequences. ICMPC16-ESCOM11 conference on Connectivity and diversity in music cognition, Department of Music, University of Sheffield, UK

Clemente, A., Board, F., Pearce, M. T., & Orgs, G. (2021/06/23). Hedonic judgment of audiovisual displays: Liking for complexity in dynamic sound and image sequences. 18th Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop (RPPW) 2021, RITMO, University of Oslo, Norway

Clemente, A. (2021/06/20). Evaluative judgment across domains. Neurosciences and Music - VII (Neuromusic Aarhus) Conference, Aarhus, Denmark

Clemente, A., Board, F., Pearce, M. T., & Orgs, G. (2021/06/15). Hedonic judgment of audiovisual displays: Liking for complexity in dynamic sound and image sequences. Swedish Society of Musicology (SSM) Music Research Today 2021 Conference, University College of Music Education in Stockholm (SMI), Malmö Academy of Music (Lund University) and Piteå Academy of Music (Luleå University of Technology), Sweden

Clemente, A., Penacchio, O., Vila-Vidal, M., Pepperell, R., & Ruta, N. (2021/04/23). Contrasting perceptual and hedonic judgments of visual contour. Visual Properties Driving Visual Preference (VPDVP) 2021 Workshop, University of Liverpool, UK

Clemente, A. (2020/06/10). Modality-specific or amodal cues informing sensory valuation? SSM Music Research Today 2020 Conference, Lund University: Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Malmö Academy of Music, Inter Arts Center, Odeum, Sweden

Clemente, A. (2019/11/20). The MUST set and toolbox. Nordic Sound and Music Computing Network (NordicSMC) 2019 Conference, Stockholm, Sweden

Clemente, A. (2019/10/16). The MUST set and toolbox. 14th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) 2019, Marseille, France, published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences Series

Clemente, A. (2019/09/12). Musical and visual aesthetic sensitivity. The Aesthetic Experience Today (AET) 2019 Conference, Prague, Czech Republic

Clemente, A. (2019/08/22). Musical and visual aesthetic sensitivity. The Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) 2019, Leuven, Belgium

Clemente, A. (2019/08/08). A set of 200 musical stimuli varying in balance, contour, symmetry, and complexity: Behavioral and computational assessments. Cognitively Based Music Informatics Research (CogMIR) 2019 Conference, New York, USA

Clemente, A. (2019/06/20). Musical and visual aesthetic sensitivity. 8th Iberian Conference on Perception (ICP) 2019, Madrid, Spain, published in Spanish Journal of Psychology

Clemente, A. (2019/06/13). Musical and visual aesthetic sensitivity. SSM Music Research Today 2019 Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, published in Swedish Journal of Music Research

Nadal, M., Rey, C., Chuquichambi, E., Corradi, G., & Clemente, A. (2018/09/02). Musical and visual aesthetic sensitivity. International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA) Congress Conflict, Arousal, and Curiosity: Berlyne and Beyond, Toronto, Canada

Clemente, A. (2018/09/02). Musical aesthetic sensitivity. International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA) Congress Conflict, Arousal, and Curiosity: Berlyne and Beyond, Toronto, Canada

 

Invited speaker

Clemente, A. (2024/01/26). Aesthetic sensitivity. Computational Audition Research Group, Max Plank Institute for Empirical Aesthetics 

Clemente, A. (2023/11/2–4). Aesthetic sensitivity. Aesthetic Experience: Philosophical, Psychological and Neuroscientific Perspectives, II International Congress on Beauty and Change (Keynote speaker)

Clemente, A. (2023/04/03). Hedonic evaluation of multisensory objects. Open Lab Seminar series, Cultural Data Analytics (CUDAN), Tallinn, Estonia

Clemente, A. (2022/11/21). Interdisciplinary cross-fertilization: From cognitive psychology to AI and back. Datasounds, Datasets and Datasense Workshop, KTH Stockholm, Sweden

Clemente, A. & Brielmann, A. (2022/05/04). This is predictable! Predicting aesthetic experience. Art in Conversation, St Andrews University, UK

Clemente, A. (2021/12/07). Aesthetic sensitivity. LOGOS Research Group in Analytic Philosophy, University of Barcelona, Spain

Clemente, A. (2021/11/16). Aesthetic sensitivity. Centre for Music and Science (CMS) Seminar series, University of Cambridge, UK

Clemente, A. (2021/10/15). Aesthetic sensitivity. TMH Seminar, KTH Stockholm, Sweden

Clemente, A. & Ruta, N. (2021/03/02). Contrasting perceptual and hedonic judgments of visual contour. Vision Club, University of St. Andrews, UK

Clemente, A. (2020/11/17). Aesthetic sensitivity and perceived affect. Sound and Music Interaction Seminar, KTH Stockholm, Sweden

Clemente, A. (2020/10/29). Free exploration and free play in music. Higher Seminar, Royal College of Music KMH Stockholm, Sweden

Clemente, A. (2020/03/13). Aesthetic sensitivity. Computational Robotics and Intelligent Systems for the People Lecture (CRISP), QMUL, UK

Clemente, A. (2020/03/3–6). Aesthetic sensitivity. Perception, Cognition, Aesthetics (PCA) Group – Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) – Music Cognition Lab (MCL), QMUL, UK

Popular science

Clemente, A. (2022). Why do we like what we like? The neuroscience behind the objects that please us. The Conversation (ISSN 2201-5639). https://theconversation.com/why-do-we-like-what-we-like-the-neuroscience-behind-the-objects-that-please-us-196330

Clemente, A. (2022). Por qué nos gusta lo que nos gusta. RTVE. https://www.rtve.es/play/audios/inquietamente/inquietamente-valor-hedonico-diferentes-gustos/6631416/

Clemente, A. (2022). Por qué nos gusta lo que nos gusta? The Conversation (ISSN 2201-5639). https://theconversation.com/por-que-nos-gusta-lo-que-nos-gusta-181524

Awards & Grants

Awards

2022

Frank X. Barron Award, superior contribution to the psychology of aesthetics, creativity and the arts by a student, American Psychological Association (APA), Division 10: Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts

Funding

2022–2024

Margarita Salas postdoctoral fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Universities (100,800.00 €), PI

2021–2023

MUSIc COmplexity Sensitivity task (MUSICOS; Junior Leader Incoming Grant, PI: Ernest Mas-Herrero, 2021–23), La Caixa Foundation (305,000.00 €), collaborator

2021–2023

Investigating earworms as a model to understand the neural and psychological mechanisms of auditory cognition (EARWORMS; PID2020-116252GA-I00, PI: Ernest Mas-Herrero), Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (90,750.00 €), collaborator

2020

Short-term Scientific Mission (STSM), NordicSMC (11,422.97 SEK)

2019–2022

Information and curiosity as sources of reward in humans: Oscillatory and neural mechanisms (INWARD; PGC2018-098032-B-I00, PI: Josep Marco-Pallarés), Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities (121,000.00 €), researcher

2019–2020         

Music Research Grant, Tobias Norlind Samfundet (5,000.00 SEK), PI

2019–2020Music Research Grant, Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien (5,000.00 SEK), PI
2018–2023

Pre-natal exposure to urban AIR pollution and pre- and post-Natal Brain development (AIR-NB, PI: Jordi Sunyer), European Research Council (2,499,992.00 €), collaborator

2017–2020

La Caixa INPhINIT doctoral fellowship (LCF/BQ/ES17/11600021, 108,000.00 €) plus Final Thesis Award (7,500.00 €), PI

2016–2021

The sensorimotor bases of the preference for curvature. Implications in the perception of art and in autism spectrum disorder (PSI2016-77327-P, PIs: Enric Munar and Jaume Rosselló, 2016–21), Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (64,735.00 €), researcher

2016–2017Masters scholarship, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (2,466.43 €), PI