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The aesthetic brain : how we evolved to desire beauty and enjoy art

Author: Anjan Chatterjee
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Aesthetic Brain takes readers on an exciting journey through the world of beauty, pleasure, and art. Using the latest advances in neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, Anjan Chatterjee  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anjan Chatterjee
ISBN: 019026201X 9780190262013 9780199811809 0199811806
OCLC Number: 905518178
Description: xxiii, 217 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part one Beauty --
What is this thing called beauty? --
Captivating faces --
The measure of facial beauty --
The body beautiful --
How the brain works --
Brains behind beauty --
Evolving beauty --
Beautiful landscapes --
Numbering beauty --
The illogic of beauty. --
Part two Pleasure --
What is this thing called pleasure? --
Food --
Sex --
Money --
Liking, wanting, learning --
The logic of pleasure. --
Part three Art --
What is this thing called art? --
Art: Biology and culture --
Descriptive science of the arts --
Experimental science of the arts --
Conceptual art --
The roots of art --
Evolving minds --
Evolving art --
Art: A tail or a song? --
The serendipity of art.
Responsibility: Anjan Chatterjee.

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[Chatterjee] makes a compelling case that although art and beauty may seem nonessential, they epitomize our search for pleasure and meaning in life. * Scientific American Mind * The Aesthetic Brain Read more...

 
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