The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art

3.76 avg rating
( 115 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780199811809: The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art

The Aesthetic Brain takes the reader on a wide-ranging journey through the world of beauty, pleasure, and art. Chatterjee uses neuroscience to probe how an aesthetic sense is etched in our minds and evolutionary psychology to explain why aesthetic concerns feature centrally in our lives. Along the way, Chatterjee addresses fundamental questions: What is beauty? Is beauty universal? How is beauty related to pleasure? What is art? Should art be beautiful? Do we have an instinct for art? Chatterjee starts by probing the reasons that we find people, places, and even numbers beautiful. At the root of beauty, he finds, is pleasure. He then examines our pleasures by dissecting why we want and why we like food, sex, and money and how these rewards relate to aesthetic encounters. His ruminations on beauty and pleasure prepare him and the reader to face art. He wanders through the problems of defining art, understanding contemporary art, and interpreting ancient art. He explores why art, something that seems so useless, also feels fundamental to our humanity. Replete with facts, anecdotes, and analogies, this empirical guide to aesthetics offers scientific answers without deflating the wonders of beauty and art.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Anjan Chatterjee, MD, is a Professor of Neurology, and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the editorial boards of: Empirical Studies of the Arts, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Behavioural Neurology, Neuropsychology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, European Neurology, The Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, Brain Science, and Policy Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology. In 2002, he was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology. He is the President of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics and the President of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology Society. His neurology practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders. His research focuses on spatial cognition, language, ethics, and aesthetics. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers and co-edited Neuroethics in Practice: Medicine, Mind, and Society.

Review:


"Perception and pleasure are functions which are mediated by brain networks, and although we know much about the networks that perceive color, shape, and motion, we know little about why certain combinations of these elements create beauty or how the brain is able to perceive beauty. Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, a world renowned behavioral neurologist, opens our eyes and allows us to understand some of the sensory elements that people view as beautiful, as well as the brain mechanisms that may mediate the perception of beauty and the joy it brings."
-Kenneth M. Heilman, The James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor, Department of Neurology and Clinical Psychology, University of Florida College of Medicine


"Neuroaesthetics is a new field of research which, like neuroscience in other domains, is promising an exciting new vista of research. In this book, Anjan Chatterjee, a pioneer in the field, offers interested readers an informed, insider introduction to the issues along with his own original speculations. Written in attractive prose and a demonstrable sensitivity to the arts, this is the best available introduction to the field for the general reader and curious scientist alike."
-Noel Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York


"Discussions of the way in which the brain underlies computations of beauty, and the importance that these computations have for human evolution, have captured the popular imagination like few other contemporary topics in neuroscience. If I were to recommend one book on this topic, this would certainly be it."
-Oshin Vartanian, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto - Scarborough


"Chatterjee is a neuroscientist, so readers might expect a mechanistic treatise on beauty constructed from PET scans and clinical trials. But he offers no simple marriage of roses and neurons. To begin filling in the blanks left by neuroscience, he draws from anthropology, evolutionary biology, philosophy and personal anecdotes. As Chatterjee reminds us, insight is the goal of science and art. His work succeeds by combining both toward a greater appreciation of the human experience."
-Bryan Bello, Science News


"Overall, The Aesthetic Brain offers an intriguing overview of the neural and historical underpinnings of beauty and art."

-Scientific American


"[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


"Chatterjee reminds us, insight is the goal of science and art. His work succeeds by combining both toward a greater appreciation of the human experience."

--Science News


"Chatterjee has written a gripping and readable book on aesthetic science. This book has much more in store for the reader. In a concise and agile manner, Chatterjee touches on many different topics related to aesthetics. By posing questions during, and especially near the end of, the chapters, Chatterjee gives the reader plenty of food for thought. It is definitively a great addition to Oxford University Press's recent titles on the science of aesthetics, and a tough one to follow for others that are already in the pipeline." --Michael Forster, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts


"The Aesthetic Brain examines monolithic concepts--beauty, pleasure, and art--all through a lens of evolutionary psychology, a theory that ascribes much of human behavior not to personal choice but instead to the choices of our ancestors. Ultimately, I was brought to a realization with regard to Chatterjee's work: Just because I found much of the research in the first third of The Aesthetic Brain reductive does not mean that it lacks legitimacy. Among the challenges contemporary life has thrown at us perhaps we need to acknowledge one more." --Andrea Schwalm, geekmom.com


"I would highly recommend reading The Aesthetic Brain. Not just to learn about the fascinating neuroscience of art, beauty and aesthetics, but also to peek in on how science goes about taking a stab at a seemingly intractable problem, previously impervious to scientific inquiry." --Aaron Sathyanesan, Biologos


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Anjan Chatterjee MD
Published by Oxford University Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0199811806

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 32.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Anjan Chatterjee
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2013. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Aesthetic Brain takes the reader on a wide-ranging journey through the world of beauty, pleasure, and art. Chatterjee uses neuroscience to probe how an aesthetic sense is etched in our minds and evolutionary psychology to explain why aesthetic concerns feature centrally in our lives. Along the way, Chatterjee addresses fundamental questions: What is beauty? Is beauty universal? How is beauty related to pleasure? What is art? Should art be beautiful? Do we have an instinct for art? Chatterjee starts by probing the reasons that we find people, places, and even numbers beautiful. At the root of beauty, he finds, is pleasure. He then examines our pleasures by dissecting why we want and why we like food, sex, and money and how these rewards relate to aesthetic encounters. His ruminations on beauty and pleasure prepare him and the reader to face art. He wanders through the problems of defining art, understanding contemporary art, and interpreting ancient art. He explores why art, something that seems so useless, also feels fundamental to our humanity. Replete with facts, anecdotes, and analogies, this empirical guide to aesthetics offers scientific answers without deflating the wonders of beauty and art. Bookseller Inventory # AOP9780199811809

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Anjan Chatterjee
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2013. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Aesthetic Brain takes the reader on a wide-ranging journey through the world of beauty, pleasure, and art. Chatterjee uses neuroscience to probe how an aesthetic sense is etched in our minds and evolutionary psychology to explain why aesthetic concerns feature centrally in our lives. Along the way, Chatterjee addresses fundamental questions: What is beauty? Is beauty universal? How is beauty related to pleasure? What is art? Should art be beautiful? Do we have an instinct for art? Chatterjee starts by probing the reasons that we find people, places, and even numbers beautiful. At the root of beauty, he finds, is pleasure. He then examines our pleasures by dissecting why we want and why we like food, sex, and money and how these rewards relate to aesthetic encounters. His ruminations on beauty and pleasure prepare him and the reader to face art. He wanders through the problems of defining art, understanding contemporary art, and interpreting ancient art. He explores why art, something that seems so useless, also feels fundamental to our humanity. Replete with facts, anecdotes, and analogies, this empirical guide to aesthetics offers scientific answers without deflating the wonders of beauty and art. Bookseller Inventory # AOP9780199811809

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Anjan Chatterjee MD
Published by OUP USA 2013-12-01 (2013)
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA 2013-12-01, 2013. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-OUP-00083695

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Chatterjee MD, Anjan
Published by Oxford University Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2017. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 0199811806

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 42.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Chatterjee MD, Anjan
Published by Oxford University Press (UK) 11/8/2013 (2013)
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press (UK) 11/8/2013, 2013. Hardback or Cased Book. Book Condition: New. The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9780199811809

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 44.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Anjan Chatterjee MD
Published by OUP USA
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780199811809

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 35.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.16
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Chatterjee MD, Anjan
Published by Oxford University Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780199811809

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 41.44
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

MD Chatterjee Anjan
Published by OUP USA 2013-11-28, New York, NY (2013)
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA 2013-11-28, New York, NY, 2013. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780199811809

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 38.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.92
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Anjan Chatterjee MD
Published by OUP USA 2013-12-01 (2013)
ISBN 10: 0199811806 ISBN 13: 9780199811809
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA 2013-12-01, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # NU-ING-28233798

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 44.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book